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We had no inkling that the result would be what we found. The science led us there. The findings were a big surprise.”

Research highlights

In 2022, hundreds of scientists working in more than 60 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) research groups published their findings in the world’s major scientific journals. Their efforts reflect the full spectrum of CSHL’s programs in Cancer, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Quantitative Biology, Genomics, and Chemistry. 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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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research developed a digital vital signs monitoring kit for patients in at-home clinical trials evaluating famotidine, or PEPCID, as an outpatient treatment for COVID-19. Image: The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.