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CSHL investigators focus on five primary areas of research that include: cancer, neuroscience, genomics, quantitative biology and plant biology.


CANCER - For the past 25 years, CSHL and its investigators have held the distinguished honor of being designated a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center. Our landmark discoveries range from cloning the first human tumor-derived oncogene to the formulation of breakthrough therapeutic strategies for cancers, including: breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, lung, liver, colon, brain, melanoma, lymphoma and leukemia.


NEUROSCIENCE- Neuroscientists at CSHL are exploring how networks of cells in the brain affect behavior and how disruption of these networks can lead to neurological, psychiatric or neurodegenerative disorders. Research is focused on cognitive processes such as memory, sensory processing and decision-making, and on cognitive disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and depression.


GENOMICS - Multi-disciplinary teams of investigators at CSHL work on human genetics, functional genomics, small RNA biology and bioinformatics, developing innovative data generation and analysis techniques that have wide ranging implications for disease diagnosis and therapeutics.


QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY - The Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at CSHL is composed of experts in applied mathematics, computer science, theoretical physics and engineering who are working across disciplines to bring new perspectives to problems in human genetics and biology.


PLANT BIOLOGY – CSHL plant biologists study fundamental mechanisms in plant development and genetics that impact crop productivity, biodiversity and climate change. This work contributes to efforts to boost crop yield and develop biomass as a fuel source.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is world-renowned for the excellence of its faculty, an international group of scientists with many different perspectives on education and research in the biological sciences. This diversity has helped create our unique graduate program. By integrating two groups—research faculty, who direct independent research programs, with seven non-research faculty, who direct other programs at the Laboratory—the Watson School of Biological Sciences provides exceptional educational breadth for today’s graduate students.