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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, 2019.


Aleksandar Obradovic Receives 2022 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research
Aleksandar Obradovic was selected as a recipient of the 2022 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. This award is in recognition of the high quality and significance of your PhD thesis research in the Coordinated Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences.
Michael Shen, PhD, Leading Researcher in Genitourinary Cancers, Named AAAS Fellow
Michael Shen, PhD, the Arthur J. Antenucci Professor of Medical Sciences and professor of genetics, urology, and systems biology at Columbia’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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