Our department is affiliated with the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biophysical Studies, which also includes Genetics, Microbiology and other departments at Columbia University. Students who are specifically interested in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics currently apply directly for admission, but in future years, it is anticipated that all students will be admitted through a unified program that includes the basic biomedical science departments at the Health Science Campus. Although students are encouraged to apply directly to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, once admitted they are permitted to work in laboratories in other departments.
Investigators in the Department work closely with research groups in the Departments of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics, and Applied Physics, which are located at the Morningside Campus. Because the Health Sciences Campus is located approximately two miles north of the Morningside campus, free shuttles are provided throughout the day in order to link the two campuses. Students are encouraged to interact extensively with their colleagues on the Morningside campus, attending lectures, courses, and in some cases, performing rotations in Morningside departments.
Nine professors in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics are associated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Professors Axel, Frank, Goff, Hobert, Greenwald, Hendrickson, Honig, Jessell, and Kandel all receive funding from HHMI. The strong presence of HHMI within the Department allows for generous resources that are available at few other research institutions. In addition, this HHMI affiliation attests to the high quality of research and education within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.
Located adjacent to the Health Sciences Campus, this new facility is closely linked to academic research at Columbia and within the Department. Its mission is to foster biotechnology by providing incubator space and interaction between corporate and academic laboratories.
C2B2 is an interdepartmental center at Columbia University, whose goal is to catalyze research at the interface between biology and the computational and physical sciences.The Center sponsors a PhD program and participates actively in other PhD programs at Columbia University. Additionally, C2B2 is the host of MAGNet, the National Center for the Multiscale Analysis of Genomic and Cellular Networks.