Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is an independent research and education institution achieving breakthroughs that shape contemporary molecular biology and genetics and enhance scientific knowledge worldwide.
- Over 600 researchers and technicians, with expertise in cancer, neuroscience, quantitative biology, plant biology, bioinformatics & genomics.
- Consistently ranked #1 for impact in molecular biology and genetics by Thomson Reuters.
- Eight Nobel laureates, including Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA’s double helix
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) - designated Cancer Center for over 25 years, with NCI “outstanding” rating
- Collaborations with top clinical institutions including Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Dana-Farber, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Weill Cornell, Columbia University, Yale and UCLA
- Springboard for 20 biotechnology start-up companies, including OSI Pharmaceuticals
- 50% of research funding is from private and unrestricted sources, allowing a unique degree of scientific freedom and collaboration
Watson School of Biological Sciences
- The Watson School trains the next generation of scientists through an innovative Ph.D. program.
- It recruits students from diverse backgrounds, funds their research at any of the 50+ CSHL labs, and challenges them to complete their Ph.D. on an accelerated basis.
Meetings & Courses
- CSHL brings together over 12,000 scientists each year from around the world to its Long Island campus and its China center to learn about the latest technologies and share advances in biological and biomedical research.
- The Lab’s meetings, including Biology of Genomes and Genome Informatics, rank among the top scientific conferences in the world.
- A think-tank that convenes global experts to guide science and public policy.
DNA Learning Center (DNALC)
- The DNA Learning Center provides hands-on laboratory learning to 30,000 middle and high school students each year.
- In total, 420,000 students have been taught in NY State.
- 9,200 high school teachers across the country have been trained in molecular biology instruction
- CSHL Press publishes research papers, review articles, lab techniques, professional education, histories, biographies, and teaching materials for scientists and students in 170 countries.
- Its publications are used at all Ivy League and top colleges in the US.
- Journals Genome Research and Genes & Development rank in the top 1% of all 8,000 journals ranked in the Science Citation Index published by Thomson Reuters
- Handbooks At The Helm and At The Bench have been used by 60,000 researchers.
- Lab manual Molecular Cloning, with sales of over 200,000 copies, is the most popular ever published.
Research by Area
Auxiliary activities: 27%
Foundation & private: 22%
Royalties and fees: 5%
Budget 2013: $150 million
Faculty & research staff: 80
Postdoctoral fellows: 160
Graduate students: 125
Total research staff: 600
Total employees: 1,200
Meetings & Courses Attendees
Meetings (Long Island): 7,500
Meetings (CSH China): 3,100
Watson School Of Biological Sciences
WSBS graduate students: 53
Other graduate students: 72
DNA Learning Center
Program participants: 33,000
Student lab sessions: 27,000
Teachers trained: 700
Teaching facilities: 3
Copies sold: 38,000
Journal subscriptions: 2,100
Journal article downloads: 10.2 million
Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Long Island Facilities:
Banbury Conference Center
DNA Learning Center
DNA Learning Center West
Genome Research Center
Harlem DNA Lab
CSH Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
*Data as reported in 2012 annual report