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Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a preeminent international research institution, achieving breakthroughs in molecular biology and genetics and enhancing scientific knowledge worldwide.


  • Over 600 researchers and technicians, with expertise in cancer, neuroscience, quantitative biology, plant biology, bioinformatics &  genomics.
  • Highest rating from Charity Navigator.
  • Eight Nobel laureates, including Dr. James D. 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.
  • Advanced drug testing facility delivering well-validated drug candidates to biotech and pharmaceutical industry.
  • Incubator for more than 25 biotechnology start-ups.
  • 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 of Biological Sciences trains the next generation of scientists through an innovative Ph.D program that fully funds the doctoral research of each student.

Meetings & Courses Program

  • The Meetings & Courses Program attracts 12,000 scientists annually from around the world to learn the latest technologies and share advances in biological research.

Banbury Center

  • A think-tank that convenes global experts to guide science and public policy.

DNA Learning Center (DNALC)

  • The DNA Learning Center produces web-based multimedia tools, delivers hands-on learning experiences to 30,000 middle and high school students every year, and trains teachers; over 520,000 students have been taught since 1988.

CSHL Press

  • CSHL Press publishes scientific information in the form of journals, books, manuals, and online resources including a preprint service, used by more than 2,000 leading academic, government, and corporate research institutions and hundreds of thousands of scientists worldwide. Its publications include two of the world’s top four research journals in genetics, the most celebrated lab manuals in molecular biology, and renowned primers on the craft of being a scientist.





Research by Area
Plant Biology
Quantitative Biology

Federal: 33%
Auxiliary activities: 27%
Foundation & private: 21%
Endowments:  9%
Royalty/Annual Fund/Interest: 6%
Corporate: 4%
Operating Budget 2015: $150 million

Faculty & research staff: 81
Postdoctoral fellows: 150
Graduate students: 115
Total research staff: 600
Total employees & students:  1,100

Meetings & Courses Program
Annual Meetings Attendees: 11,000
Courses: 1,400

Watson School Of Biological Sciences
WSBS graduate students: 40
Other graduate students: 48
Accepted/applications: 9/276

DNA Learning Center
Program participants: 40,000
Student lab sessions: 30,000
Teachers trained:  600
Teaching facilities:  3

CSHL Press
Books: 200
Copies sold: 30,000
Journals: 8
Journal subscriptions: 2,000+
Journal article downloads: 13 million+
bioRxiv preprint service: 1300 articles +

Main Campus
Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Long Island Facilities:
Banbury Conference Center
DNA Learning Center
DNA Learning Center West
Genome Research Center
McClintock Meadows
Uplands Farm
NYC Facilities:
Harlem DNA Lab
China Facilities:
CSH Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center



*Data as reported in 2014 annual report