Graduate Doctoral Programs

Studying in New York City

Graduate studies in Cell Biology and Pathobiology means more than becoming a good scientist; it means living in New York City, which offers opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Department is an integral component of the Health Sciences campus of Columbia University at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center is at West 168th Street of Manhattan. The Health Sciences Campus is within easy access to the Morningside Heights Campus by a free shuttle bus service or subway.

In addition, students are within easy access of New York’s neighborhoods, parks and entertainment sites. Some of the neighborhoods of New York are based on ethnicity, like Little Italy and Chinatown, and others are based on professional interests like the artists’ communities of the East Village and SoHo. In the center of the city is Central Park, a wonderful place to watch Shakespeare plays for free during the summer, play football or baseball during the fall, or just walk through all year round. At Rockefeller Center you can skate under the huge Christmas tree during winter. Throughout New York, you can eat essentially any kind of food at any time of the night or day. This city is always awake and exciting, and even at 2 AM: the big problem is deciding whether your late night food should be Chinese, Indian, Greek, or just a hamburger.

The subway is the fastest and cheapest way to get around the city. In fact, the subway can take you from the Health Sciences Campus to the Columbia Morningside Heights Campus in about 10 minutes, or to the attractions of midtown Manhattan in about 20 minutes. During the school year, the University operates a shuttle bus service between the two campuses. At the Morningside Heights campus you will find seminars, courses, theatre and museums.

The biggest problem with coming to New York City is finding the right place to live at the right price. First, you will have to decide whether to live near the Health Sciences campus where you will be spending most of your time. Many students opt to live near the Morningside Heights Campus with its collegiate environment, or in one of the many other neighborhoods in New York. Although the University guarantees housing for graduate students at the Health Sciences Campus, many students prefer to search for their own apartment. New York City has a firm rent control policy so even though housing is not inexpensive, many students find that by sharing they can rent apartments in the neighborhood that not only are affordable, but will still be affordable when they are finishing their graduate studies.

Of course, the primary reason for coming to our graduate program is the academic experience, which is supplemented by being in New York. Our location allow us to attract outstanding scholars to visit, give seminars, and meet with our students. This occurs both at Columbia and elsewhere in the city, so occasionally we will go to a talk held at another university (where they will not, however, have planned for the speaker to meet with our students as we do here). While we are proud of what our department can offer you, we recognize that your life will be much fuller if you also take advantage of what New York has to offer. Perhaps if you spent your undergraduate year at a University in a quieter setting, it is time to feel the excitement of New York.


Administration Contacts

  • Ms. Zaia Sivo
    Department of Pathology
    & Cell Biology

    630 W. 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032

    Tel: 212 305-8393
    Fax: 212 342-5498

  • Office of Graduate Affairs
    HHSC Room 205
    701 W. 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032

    Tel: 212 305-8058
    Fax: 212 305-1031
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