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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 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
  • Incubator for more than 20 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 480,000 students have been taught since 1988.

CSHL Press

  • CSHL Press publishes authoritative materials for the global scientific community, with journals, books and manuals used in over 2,000 academic institutions worldwide.





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 & students:  1,100

Meetings & Courses Attendees
Annual Meetings & Courses Attendees: 12,000
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