Meet Our Students

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.


Precision Medicine Sends Cancer for a Loop
In a tour de force of precision medicine, an international team led by two Columbia University Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) researchers has demonstrated the potential of a new approach to prostate cancer treatment.
Nature Publication: “Predicting Functional Effect of Missense Variants using Graph Attention Neural Networks” (Yufeng Shen, PhD)
A discussion with Yufeng Shen regarding his latest publication in Nature Machine Intelligence: “Predicting functional effect of missense variants using graph attention neural networks”.

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