Basic Research Benefiting the World

Better medicine begins with basic research. The Wistar Institute is a world leader in independent biomedical research with special expertise in cancer investigation and vaccine development.


The genetic changes that lead to cancer. The complexities of our powerful immune system. Wistar researchers focus on these areas and more, contributing vital new information to scientific knowledge. Their discoveries lead to understanding the causes underlying cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases--the necessary first step in developing better treatments or preventions.

Building a Better Wistar

Wistar's Capital Campaign will help us nurture more talent and discoveries... Learn More >

Meet a Scientist

The laboratory of Harold C. Riethman engages in the study of telomeres, the tips of chromosomes.... More Info >

Strategic Alliance Partnership

The Wistar Institute has entered a Strategic Alliance Partnership with OncLive... More Info >

From the Wistar Wire

Scott E. Hensley, Ph.D.

Newly Identified Viral Mutation Could Explain Why Middle-Aged People were More Affected by the 2013-2014 Seasonal Flu

Louise Showe, Ph.D.

New Test Could Catch Lung Cancer Before It Becomes Deadly

Dr. Meehard Herlyn will oversee the SPORE grant studies.

The Wistar Institute Podcast: A Five-Year Melanoma Strategy, and Flu Season Is Upon Us