Graduate Doctoral Programs

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The Cell Biology & Pathobiology Graduate Program is one of eleven graduate training programs offered at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. P&S is located at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, which is about four miles north of the main campus of Columbia University on Morningside Heights.

The medical center overlooks the Hudson River near the northern end of Manhattan in Washington Heights and has easy access by subway and bus to the other attractions of the city. There are about 1,000 graduate and professional students currently studying at the medical center campus, most of whom live near the medical center in housing provided to entering graduate students. A major research institution with nearly 19,000 students, Columbia and its affiliates offer a wide variety of intellectual, academic, and recreational activities. Students can collaborate on research with scientists at Rockefeller University, attend lectures on diverse subjects ranging from Latin American politics to the latest in French literary criticism, or see reduced-price movies at one of the many film series on the downtown campus.

The medical center recently renovated and enlarged its exercise facility, which now includes a swimming pool, basketball and squash courts, and weight machines. In addition, the downtown campus has tennis courts and an indoor track.

The research facilities of the Cell Biology & Pathobiology Graduate Program include modern laboratories equipped with the latest instrumentation for all aspects of cell and molecular biological research. Some of these resources include an Imaging Facility which is equipped for scanning and transmission electron microscopy, phosphoimaging, as well as for fluorescence and confocal microscopy.

The department maintains a spacious self-contained cell culture facility for growth, maintenance and analysis of cells. This facility has separate rooms with laminar flow hoods for sterile handling of cells as well as incubators for cell growth. Phase-contrast, fluorescence, bright-field and fluorescence microscopes are available for cell analysis. Facilities for growth of bacteria, yeast and other invertebrates are also available in the department. Other facilities are within easy access on the Health Sciences campus, including those for animal care, DNA synthesis and sequencing, peptide synthesis, protein sequencing, transgenic mice and flow cytometry.

The library in the Hammer Health Sciences Building is a superb facility with an extensive collection including scientific journals and all of the periodicals necessary for scientific research. In addition, students have access to an extensive collection of rare books dating from the 18th century.


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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