Our department is affiliated with the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies, which also includes other departments at Columbia, including the Department of Genetics and Development, and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Students who are specifically interested in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics currently apply directly for admission, but in future years it is anticipated that all students will be admitted through a unified program that includes the basic biomedical sciences departments at the Health Sciences campus. Although students are encouraged to apply directly to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, once admitted they are permitted to work in laboratories in other departments.
Investigators in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics work closely with research groups in the chemistry, biological sciences, physics, and applied physics departments, which are located at the Morningside campus. The Health Sciences campus is approximately two miles north of the Morningside campus, and free shuttles are provided throughout the day to link the two campuses. Students are encouraged to interact extensively with their Morningside colleagues, attending lectures, courses, and in some cases, performing rotations in Morningside departments.
Nine professors in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics are associated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): Professors Richard Axel, Joachim Frank, Stephen P. Goff, Oliver Hobert, Iva Greenwald, Wayne Hendrickson, Barry Honig, and Eric R. Kandel all receive funding from HHMI. The strong presence of HHMI within the department allows for generous resources that are available at few other research institutions. In addition, this HHMI affiliation attests to the high quality of research and education within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.
Adjacent to the Health Sciences campus, the new Audubon Business and Technology Center is closely linked to academic research within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. The facility's mission is to foster biotechnology by providing incubator space and interaction between corporate and academic laboratories.
The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2) is an interdepartmental center at Columbia University whose goal is to catalyze research at the interface between biology and the computational and physical sciences. The center sponsors a PhD program and participates actively in other PhD programs at Columbia. Additionally, C2B2 was the host of MAGNet, the National Center for the Multiscale Analysis of Genomic & Cellular Networks.