In addition to the diverse research opportunities that can be found within the individual graduate programs of the Coordinated Program, there are additional training opportunities available to our students. These represent multidisciplinary areas that tend to cross program lines, and often are supported by an NIH Training Grant in a specific area of research. A number of these research areas are further supported institutionally in the form of Centers or Consortia, which serve to facilitate the interaction and collaboration of faculty and students from multiple departments and programs.
Training in Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance (TIRAR) is an NIH funded pre and post doctoral fellowship program at Columbia University aimed to prepare biomedical researchers and others in interdisciplinary research with a focus on the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance.
Institute for Cancer Genetics and Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center jointly administer the Cancer Biology Training Program, which is directed by Dr. Richard Baer. This program provides comprehensive training in cancer research through both coursework and direct laboratory experience with Columbia University investigators.
Faculty research and training opportunities can be found through a training grant in Translational Cardiovascular Research directed by Dr. Andrew Marks, the Center for Molecular Cardiology and the Center for Molecular Therapeutics.
Clinical or Translational Research
The Irving Institute at CUMC is the recipient of a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health. As part of the mission of the CTSA, the institute offers a Clinical or Translational Research Education Certificate program that is available to PhD students in the Coordinated Biomedical Sciences. This is a one year program typically taken by mid-level PhD students. It includes a small set of focused, additional courses and practica to provide new, critical clinical/translational educational experiences. This pre-doctoral training opportunity prepares young scientists to understand the methods and techniques used across the full range of the pathway from the bench to the bedside and ultimately to the community, and this training also formally prepares these scientists to participate in, and create, interdisciplinary science. Dr. Karina Davidson is director of the program.
Columbia University maintains a Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics directed by Drs. Barry Honig and Andrea Califano and a training grant in Computational Biology directed by Dr. Barry Honig.
Stem Cell Biology
The Columbia Stem Cell Initiative, directed by Dr. Chris Henderson, is a robust consortium over 100 members on the cutting-edge of basic, translational and clinical stem cell research. There are also specialized faculty research and training opportunities such as a training grant in Stem Cells and Cell Lineage Specification directed by Dr. Oliver Hobert.
The Columbia Initiative in Systems Biology trains students to conduct integrative, multidisciplinary research that looks at biology from the perspective of complex biological networks. The program stresses education in high-throughput experimentation, advanced quantitative analysis, and innovative technology development, and offers opportunities to pursue interests in a variety of research areas, including systems and regulatory genomics, computational biology, chemical systems biology, and systems physiology.
Columbia University has a training grant in Vision Sciences directed by Dr. Carol Mason, with mentors and trainees affiliated with numerous basic science and clinical departments and graduate programs. They carry out research in systems neuroscience, development and plasticity, and cell/molecular aspects of the normal and diseased eye, as related to the visual system.