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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 2, 2019.

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Columbia Spotlights MD/PhD Student Research
Congratulations to Phyllis Thangaraj, an MD/PhD student in the Nicholas Tatonetti lab, for her winning poster session at an event recognizing aspiring physician-scientists from the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Students in the MD/PhD program training program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center presented their research posters at the 14th annual Student Research Symposium on April 25, and topics included a wide range, such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and stem cells. Thangaraj discussed ongoing research in applying machine learning methods to phenotype acute ischemic stroke patients in electronic health records.
Targeting Cancer and Careers: Precision Medicine
In the field of oncology, innovations continue to grow rapidly in precision, or targeted medicine, as clinicians seek to find better treatments for specific kinds of cancer, rather than take a blanket approach to treating patients. This emerging direction in medicine and cancer research has also given birth to a flood of new jobs in previously unseen areas such as business, translational medicine and genetic counseling. Science magazine recently spoke to Andrea Califano, Dr, founding chair of the Department of Systems Biology and a pioneering researcher in this space, to get his thoughts about the rapidly growing field of precision medicine.

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