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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.


New Method Detects Genetic Expression Disruptors, Improves Diagnosis of Rare Disease
In a new study published in Science, researchers from New York Genome Center and Columbia University demonstrate a new method for analyzing genomes to better identify all mutations that disrupt gene function. The study was led by Pejman Mohammadi, PhD, a former postdoctoral scientist at the New York Genome Center and Columbia, and supervised by Tuuli Lappalainen, PhD, core faculty member at the New York Genome Center and an assistant professor of systems biology.
Personalized Gene Delivery to the Gut
A team of researchers, led by Dr. Harris Wang, has engineered bacteria to benefit and improve the overall health of our gut microbiome. In a proof-of-concept paper published in Nature Methods, the researchers demonstrate MAGIC, a gene delivery system that ‘hacks’ the gut microbiome to perform any desired genetic function, from harvesting energy from food and protecting against pathogen invasion to bolstering anti-inflammatory properties and regulating immune responses.

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