Discovery: Research at Princeton

Dec. 16, 2022

View the 2022 edition of our annual research magazine, Discovery: Research at Princeton.

Princeton's annual magazine, Discovery: Research at Princeton, introduces readers to the innovative and multifaceted research being conducted in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities – by faculty members, staff researchers, graduate students and undergraduates.

Princeton’s dual missions of education and research are exemplified in the creative endeavors described in these pages, enabling the advancement of knowledge and the opportunity to fulfill Princeton’s informal motto, In the nation’s service and the service of humanity.

Read the full magazine here.

Biologist Shane Campbell standing on an outdoor road

Fast-tracked adaptation

A biologist follows elephants, urban lizards and wolves in a quest to document how humans impact evolution.




Decorative art of digital blue lines

Artificial intelligence enters a new era

Princeton computer scientists usher in the next era of artificial intelligence.




Drawing of different colored hats in background, necklace of rubies and diamonds in foregrount

Beyond guess and check

Some problems are so complex, they could take trillions of years to solve.





African children running on a grassy hill

Photo by Aude Guerrucci

Bridging the divide

Two newly hired professors bring expertise in development economics to solving global challenges.





Close up of Shariffa Ali's face

Shariffa Ali, theater maker

When a two-week trip to the U.S. fell through, Ali created new spaces of possibility.





Map showing the "British Empire throughout the world."

Art History (Hx)

A Princeton-led project brings together scholars and artists to examine the intersection of colonialism, medicine, and works of historical and contemporary art.




Lindsay Willmore, Annegret Falkner and Ilana Witten next to Neuroscience building

Bouncing back from adversity

Princeton neuroscientists Lindsay Willmore, Annegret Falkner and Ilana Witten found that mice that fight back display greater resilience.




Person in cleanroom talking to another researcher through a transparent barrier.

Photo by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy

Soaking up the sun

The Princeton Space Physics Lab sets its sights on the heliosphere. David McComas, Vice President for Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and professor of astrophysical sciences, and postdoctoral researcher Jamie lead graduate and undergraduate students in building flight instruments for NASA.


Portrait of Isobel Ojalvo in forest

Do today: Find something new about the universe

Princeton physicist Isobel Ojalvo looks to tiny particles to answer life’s big questions as she explores the building blocks of matter at the world’s largest particle collider.



Illustration of a person on a path with representation of fusion in the future.

Our fusion future

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory aims to harness the sun’s power to achieve climate goals.