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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.

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Highly Cited Researcher: Raul Rabadan
Congratulations to Dr. Raul Rabadan who was recently named a Highly Cited Researcher, according to the 2019 list from the Web of Science Group. Overall, Columbia University ranked 15th on the list of global institutions, with a total of 47 Highly Cited Researchers.
Why Do We Freeze When Startled? New Study in Flies Points to Serotonin
A study in fruit flies, led by Richard Mann, PhD, has identified serotonin as a chemical that triggers the body’s startle response, the automatic deer-in-the-headlights reflex that freezes the body momentarily in response to a potential threat. The new study reveals that when a fly experiences an unexpected change to its surroundings, such as a sudden vibration, release of serotonin helps to literally stop the fly in its tracks momentarily. These findings offer broad insight into the biology of the startle response, a ubiquitous, yet mysterious, phenomenon that has been observed in virtually every animal studied to date.

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