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Facts & Figures

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.

Banbury Center

  • 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, 482,000 students have been taught in NY State.
  • 9,900 high school teachers across the country have been trained in molecular biology instruction

CSHL Press

  • CSHL Press publishes research papers, review articles, lab techniques, professional education, histories, biographies, and teaching materials for scientists and students in 215 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 63,000 researchers.
  • Lab manual Molecular Cloning, with sales of over 226,000 copies, is the most popular ever published.





Research by Area
Plant Biology
Quantitative Biology

Federal: 33%
Auxiliary activities: 27%
Foundation & private: 21%
Endowments:  9%
Royalty/Annual Fund/Interest: 6%
Corporate: 4%
Budget 2013: $145 million

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

Meetings & Courses Attendees
Meetings (Long Island):  8,000
Meetings (CSH China):  3,000
Courses: 1,400

Watson School Of Biological Sciences
WSBS graduate students: 48
Other graduate students: 65
Accepted/applications: 10/274

DNA Learning Center
Program participants: 42,000
Student lab sessions: 30,000
Teachers trained:  700
Teaching facilities:  3

CSHL Press
Books: 189
Copies sold: 38,000
Journals: 7
Journal subscriptions: 2,300
Journal article downloads: 12.8 million

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 2013 annual report