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The Columbia University Department of Systems Biology invites applications from students interested in pursuing careers at the frontiers of modern biology. You will learn to apply powerful, multidisciplinary approaches and address critical biological questions from the perspective of complex genomic and molecular systems.

PhD education at Columbia stresses the importance of high-throughput experimentation, quantitative analysis of large biological data sets, and innovative technology development. Whether your primary interest is in experimental or computational research in systems biology, the experience you gain will prepare you to participate in cutting-edge science that integrates the two.

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The application season for the 2017/2018 academic year will open in September 2016. Learn how to apply.


Can Math Crack Cancer's Code?
An essay coauthored by Department of Systems Biology Chair Andrea Califano in the Wall Street Journal asks whether quantitative modelling could hold the keys to identifying proteins that function as on/off switches for cancer.
Scientists Quantify Genetic Connections between Cancer and Developmental Disorders
A study led by Yufeng Shen suggests that cancer data could be used to pinpoint rare, damaging genetic alterations that increase the risk of developmental syndromes like autism.

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