- Department of Genetics and Development
Because genes and their products control every aspect of the life and death of any cell type Genetics as a discipline covers areas of biology as diverse as DNA stability, embryonic development, cell and organ functions in all organisms ranging from bacteria to human. The ambition of our Department, stated in its name and exemplified by the variety of research interests of its faculty, is to identify genes and delineate genetic pathways involved in the three areas cited above in eukaryotes.
- Department of Neurology
For nearly 100 years, the Neurological Institute has been an internationally recognized center for the treatment of brain disorders. The Department of Neurology is central to Columbiaís program in neuroscience, as many of its faculty hold joint appointments in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior and the Department of Psychiatry, as well as basic science departments such as Pharmacology, Pathology and Cell Biology, and Genetics and Development. Itís consistently ranked among the top 5 departments of neurology in the country in both clinical excellence and NIH funding. The focus of much of the Departmentís research is translational, and ranges from fundamental studies of the cellular and molecular biology of neurological diseases to clinical trials and neuroepidmiology.
- Department of Neurosurgery
The Neurosurgery Department of the Neurological Institute at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center represents the most comprehensive multisubspecialty group in the NewYork metropolitan area. Neurosurgery is one of 16 clinical departments at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical center, composed of 12 attending neurosurgeons in academic private practice, doing over 2000 operations per year.
- Department of Opthalmology
The next generation of ophthalmologists must be trained to excel in the science of ophthalmology and the values of being a physician. Our young ophthalmologists learn not only to treat the disease, but also to show sensitivity and compassion toward the patient. Residents must develop good habits with self discipline to continue the learning process throughout their careers. Outstanding continuing medical education programs for ophthalmologists (both faculty, and communityophthalmologists) should be available to allow skills and knowledge.
- Department of Otolaryngology
We conduct two primary types of basic science research -
Hearing and Head & Neck Oncology. In addition, the department boasts
several areas of active clinical research, including swallowing
disorders (sensory testing/endoscopy), otitis media, nerve regeneration,
and hearing rehabilitation.
Our departmentís residency training program is recognized as one of the finest training programs in the northeast and, arguably, in the country. This outstanding program offers excellence in training of all clinical areas of otolaryngology, and is the only training program in America that offers the resources of two premier medical schools, Columbia and Cornell University.
- Department of Pathology & Cell Biology
The research programs of the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University span basic, translational and clinical areas. The Department is home to over 25 research-oriented faculty members, 100 postdoctoral fellows and 25 Ph.D. candidates. In 2004, we ranked 4th among Pathology Departments in the United States in our NIH research support.
While there is a broad range of research interests among the faculty, there are concentrations of activity in the neurosciences and in cancer biology. The Department of Pathology and Cell Biology benefits from the ready availability of well characterized diseased tissues that are examined and stored by our clinical services.
As the only department at Columbia that is both a basic science department and a clinical department, we offer exceptional opportunities for translational research.
- Department of Pediatrics
This year our twenty new interns represent fifteen medical schools from all across the country. These enthusiastic, energetic, and dazzlingly intelligent young people represent the future of American medicine. Our responsibility is to assure them of the finest training and the best mentorship imaginable, and turn them into the scientists, teachers and leaders of tomorrow.
We will do all this with the most powerful faculty ever put together in a medical center. All the academic iís have been dotted and tís crossed, and the environment for learning is absolutely wonderful. Our faculty, fellows and residents will be working with an amazing cross section of complex diseases as only can be seen in a major teaching hospital in the largest city in the country. Our facilities for all of this are magnificent. We opened our new in-patient building in 2003, and it has been a bases-loaded home run. The restful decor, open spaces and tasteful furnishings make learning a real pleasure. In fact, the facilities for patients and families are so comfortable that parents often do not want to leave. If a child must be sick this is the place to be, for many, many reasons.
- Department of Pharmacology
The spirit of the Department of Pharmacology is one of collaborative and synergistic science. As such, interests of the members of the Department span such diverse problems as the identification of molecular signals that determine whether a cell lives or dies to the discovery of new drugs that control cardiac rhythm in inherited and non-inherited heart disease.
- Department of Anesthesiology
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has a tradition of excellence in the field of anesthesiology, derived from the quality and depth of our clinical program, the range of clinical material in our operating rooms and intensive care units, the professional experience of our faculty, and the high caliber of our research teams. New York Presbyterian Hospital is the only hospital in NYC to be on the Honor Roll of U.S. News and World Report (2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006) reflecting the very best in sub specialty medical care.
- Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Biomedical Research offers a lifetime opportunity to invest one's energies and intellect in advancing understanding of living matter, to follow one's own creative instincts, and to work at the frontier of human knowledge for the benefit of all mankind.
- Department of Psychiatry
Research in our department covers a wealth of subjects ranging from basic neurobiology to clinical, epidemiological, child psychiatry and services-related studies. Our facility has been the site of many of the major discoveries in psychiatry.
- Department of Psychology
Columbia Universityís Psychology Department has a proud history of excellence in the science of psychology. Dating back to 1890 as a discipline of study at Columbia, it is one of the oldest and most influential of the American psychology departments.
- Department of Statistics
In addition to graduate and undergraduate programs in probability and statistics, actuarial science, and the mathematics of finance, and research programs in probability and statistical theory, and interdisciplinary collaborative projects, the Department teaches service courses at a variety of levels in probability and statistical theory and applied statistical methods. The Department also maintains a student consulting service free to the University community. Several Department members have interests in the analysis of neural data or medical imaging.
- Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Laboratories in the Department are using the full spectrum of contemporary biophysical, molecular biological and cellular techniques to study a diverse array of biochemical systems ranging from integral membrane proteins and proteins involved in signal transduction to catalytic RNA and neuronal signal processing.
- Department of Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences has increased the opportunities for graduate student thesis research by including laboratories in various departments at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons (Medical School). This expansion more than doubles the number of faculty sponsors participating in the Department's Ph.D. Program.
- Department of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineering, or bioengineering, is an exciting new discipline of engineering that applies the rigorous methods of physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering to solve important biological and biomedical problems. At Columbia, bioengineering studies have been ongoing since 1962, one of the oldest programs in America, steadily building a solid foundation for the new Department.
- Department of Biomedical Informatics
Biomedical Informatics is the scientific field that deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and optimal use of biomedical information, data, and knowledge for problem solving and decision making. It touches on all basic and applied fields in biomedical science and is closely tied to modern information technologies, notably in the areas of computing and communication.
- Department of Biostatistics
Medical and public health research are concerned with understanding the causes of diseases and developing methods for their prevention, treatment and palliation. The role of the biostatistician in this enterprise is to formulate the study design-the plan for conducting the study-and to interpret its results by means of a formal statistical analysis. As medical science progresses, so too do the means for conducting medical studies. Consequently, there is a continuing need for the development of new methods for the design and analysis of medical research studies. The research of biostatisticians is concerned with the formulation of new methods for design and analysis, the elucidation of their mathematical properties, and their correct and efficient implementation in computer software.
Faculty of the Department of Biostatistics are active in a number of areas of methodologic research. The following list gives a few major areas of interest: Categorical data, Clinical trials, Clustered and longitudinal data, Epidemiologic methods, Incomplete data, Statistical genetics, and Survival data.
- Department of Dermatology
The department of dermatology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University was one of the first academic units established in New York City around the middle of the 19th century. Subsequently the department was located in the Vanderbilt Clinic at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (established by the affiliation of Columbia University and the Presbyterian Hospital of the City of New York in 1911) and its faculty has made numerous contributions to the development of dermatology including pioneering work in the early use of ionizing radiation, the treatment of syphilis, the expansion of basic knowledge in dermatological mycology including playing a major role in the discovery of the antifungal agent Nystatin. The department also helped to develop the concept of treating patients with pemphigus vulgaris with high dose corticosteroids. Subsequently the technique of photopheresis for cutaneous T cell lymphoma was developed in the department. The department is a major center for basic science and clinical research.
- Department of Epidemiology
Learn about the causes and consequences of diseases in populations and how to prevent them.
While the Epidemiology Department's researchers cover a broad range of domains, some of the areas in epidemiology in which investigators are especially well known, or which are experiencing rapid growth, include: neurodevelopment; cancer; psychiatric; infectious disease; perinatal; and cardiovascular. The Department also offers specific training programs in cancer epidemiology and psychiatric epidemiology. Finally, the Department focuses on the development of innovative methods in epidemiology, such as the new developments taking place in genetic and molecular epidemiology.
- Department of Surgery (Division of Surgical Sciences)
The Division of Surgical Science at Columbia University's Department of Surgery was established in 2000 to advance and innovate the field of medicineóand improve the specialty of surgeryóthrough scientific inquiry and research cooperation.
- Department of Electrical Engineering (Bionet)
Located at Columbia University's Department of Electrical Engineering, the Bionet Group is an interdisciplinary research team bringing together faculty and students from the biological and engineering sciences to address questions that arise in the field of computational neuroscience. Members of the group are currently investigating the principles underlying information representation in the olfactory, auditory, and visual sensory systems of various organisms.
- Department of Neuroscience
The Department of Neuroscience is a basic science department within the College of Physicians and Surgeons at the Columbia University Medical Center. The 35 faculty members in the department use a wide range of approaches to study fundamental aspects of neural circuit development, organization, and function. They share a common goal of relating the biology of such circuits to the control of behavior. A broad array of animal models, as well as human subjects, are examined using a wide range of approaches, including electrophysiology, biophysics, molecular and cell biology, systems neuroscience, imaging, behavior and theory. Interdisciplinary research is facilitated by widespread collaboration between different labs. Several research projects in the department are focused on animal models of nervous system disease.