Meet Our Students

Read profiles of our PhD students to learn about their experience and research. 

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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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This year’s application deadline is December 1, 2019.


Chaolin Zhang, PhD, receives prestigious Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from NIH/NIGMS
Chaolin Zhang will receive a prestigious Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) (R35) of $4,313,684 over five years from NIH/NIGMS for “Complexity and evolution of splicing-regulatory networks”.
Andrea Califano, PhD, receives grant from the National Cancer Institute
Andrea Califano will receive $6,909,000 over seven years from the National Cancer Institute for “Predicting Cancer Cell Response to Endogenous and Exogenous Perturbations at the Single Cell Level”.

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