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We started with no inclination that this may ever get to the clinic,” Spector says. “So the fact that we’re hoping to go to a clinical trial in about a year or two is extremely exciting. It would be a very significant triumph of fundamental research that we hope will really make a difference.”

Research highlights

In 2021, hundreds of scientists working in nearly 60 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) research groups published their findings in the world’s major research journals. Their efforts reflect the full spectrum of CSHL’s programs in Cancer, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Quantitative Biology, Genomics, and a new chemistry lab. The following is a sampling of this year’s important findings.

Research area by funding

Practical applications of research

The Laboratory’s 130 years are rich with discoveries in biology and genetics that have had major impacts on society in human health, agricultural production, and the environment. Grounded in basic research, CSHL’s multi-disciplinary approach to cancer, neuroscience, genomics & quantitative biology, and plant biology continues to enhance our understanding of life.

The Office of Technology Transfer actively supports our scientists to partner with companies, investors and others in order to achieve this mission and make a positive impact on society. The Laboratory is engaged in technology transfer as one way of delivering important discoveries to the public.


Understanding fundamental cellular processes that are the basis of life, and how they go wrong in cancer. Improving diagnosis and treatment of all major cancers: brain, breast, colon, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate.


Exploring the brain to identify the neural networks involved in sensory processing, cognition, and decision-making. Providing insight into disorders such as Alzheimer’s, autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.

Genomics & Quantitative Biology

Using cutting-edge technology to read the genome of organisms, tumors, or even single cells. Creating innovative data analysis tools to develop disease diagnostics and therapeutics.

Plant Biology

Investigating the mechanisms of plant development and genetics. Improving crop yields, increasing biodiversity, and developing biofuels.

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Martyna Sroka, pictured here as a graduate student researching sarcoma in Professor Chris Vakoc’s laboratory. She is now a CSHL Research Scientist.