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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 30 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.

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Educational Divisions

Banbury Center

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

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 five research journals in genetics, the most widely used laboratory protocols in molecular biology, and popular primers on the craft of being a scientist.

DNA Learning Center (DNALC)

The DNA Learning Center produces web-based multimedia tools, delivers 33,000 hands-on learning experiences to middle and high school students every year, and trains teachers; over 610,000 students have been taught since 1988.

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.

Graduate Program

The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) trains the next generation of scientists through an innovative Ph.D. program that fully funds the doctoral research of each student.