Overview

Cornell is consistently ranked among the top research universities for graduate research in the Life Sciences.  Recognizing Cornell's central role as a leader in biological and biomedical research nationally and internationally, Cornell launched a new Life Sciences Initiative, a $600 million campaign with the goal to enhance and support life sciences research on campus.  In the post-genomic era of Biological and Biomedical research, progress relies heavily on expertise not only in Biology, but also in Computation, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering. 

Part of the vision of the Cornell Life Science Initiative is to bring together physical and computer scientists, engineers, chemists and biologists to tackle biological and biomedical problems using multi-disciplinary approaches.  Cornell is in a uniquely position to foster this kind of cutting-edge multidisciplinary research because of its long-standing tradition in collaborative research across campus.  As part of the Initiative, a new Life Sciences Technology Building was constructed, which houses the newly established Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology. This new Institute is headed by world-renowned cell biologist Scott Emr and has the goal to use multidisciplinary approaches to study cell biology.  Furthermore, Cornell recently established the Center of Vertebrate Genomics Research, which is led by world-renowned mouse geneticist John Schimenti.  This Center is taking a leading role in fostering research and education in vertebrate genetics and functional genomics.  Also as part of the New Life Sciences Initiative, Cornell plans to hire 50-100 new faculty in areas related to the life sciences in the coming years, and Cornell has established prestigious Graduate Fellowships to help to attract the very best graduate students.  As we enter one of the most exciting time in biological and biomedical research, Cornell will continue to provide a rich and stimulating training ground for the next generation of scientists in the Life Sciences. 

The Biophysics Field is supported by faculty from the following Departments, Institutes, and Centers: