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Programs in Basic Cell and Molecular Biology

Graduate Programs in Basic Cell and Molecular Biology constitute one of five divisions that make up Columbia University’s Coordinated Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences.

These Programs emphasizes research and training in fundamental biochemical, biophysical, cell biological, molecular, genetic, microbiological and developmental biological research in the Basic Sciences.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

    The Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Program focuses on the study of physical and computational methods to explore how molecular structure relates to biological function, as well as the exploration of the molecular basis of intercellular and intracellular signaling, gene regulation, virology, developmental pattern formation, cellular differentiation, neuronal circuit formation and function and sensory perception.

  • Cell Biology

    The Cell Biology Program focuses on the study of how cells and the components, structures and organelles inside of cells all work to bring about cellular functions. Research in Cell Biology at Columbia include: the cytoskeleton, cell motility, cell division, motor proteins, membrane trafficking, organelle and nuclear biology, as well as the cell biology of neuronal, muscle and cancer cells.

  • Genetics & Development

    The Genetics and Development Program covers a diverse range of research areas that include the regulation of gene expression, cell differentiation, and growth control, the molecular genetics of embryogenesis, cell patterning and organogenesis, the genetics and pathogenesis of inherited disease, the molecular genetics of cancer, molecular physiology, stem cell biology, and the genetics of recombination and linkage analysis. Model organisms from yeast to mouse complement studies of human genetics and development.

  • Microbiology, Immunology and Infection

    The objective of research in the Microbiology, Immunology and Infection Program is to understand the molecular basis of infectious disease, and is focused on molecular genetics, virology and immunology. The development of powerful new genetic and molecular technologies now makes it possible to answer questions in these areas that were previously intractable.

The core curriculum for all students in these Programs includes topics in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology as well as Molecular Genetics.  Specific course requirements have also been developed for each individual Program. 

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