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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 1, 2023.


Mohammed AlQuraishi, PhD receives INCITE 2024 Award

Mohammed AlQuraishi of Columbia University received 200,000 node-hours on Polaris to develop OpenFold-powered machine learning of protein-protein interactions and complexes.

Yufeng Shen, PhD receives grant from National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Yufeng Shen, PhD, Systems Biology: $2,034,560 over five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for "Computational methods to interpret genomic variation and integrate functional genomics data in genetic analysis of human diseases."

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