Directors’ Message

Message from the Directors

Students’ research findings, publications, and presentations at national and international conferences leave them well positioned to become leaders in the computational biology professional community.

It’s an exciting time to be working in the area of computational biology and medicine.

Rapid advances on all biological scales—from the protein level to the organ level—are enabling scientists to understand biology and to impact disease as never before. However, in many areas of biology, experimental approaches are running into roadblocks. Computational and mathematical methods, often in synergy with experimental and clinical research, are overcoming these hurdles and forging new paths.

With this in mind, the Tri-I PhD Program in Computational Biology and Medicine (CBM) was established in 2003 to provide a unique training opportunity that takes advantage of the exceptional educational and research resources of Cornell University in Ithaca, its Medical College in NYC (Weill Cornell Medical College), and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. It is our belief that the development of such a cadre of computational biologists, trained in the laboratories of exceptional program faculty from all three campuses, will foster discovery in frontiers of basic biological and biomedical sciences. When students graduate from CBM, their research findings, prominent publications, and presentations at national and international conferences leave them well positioned to become leaders in the computational biology professional community.

Students in the program are diverse in their backgrounds (with prior degrees in biology, computer science, and physics, among others) and their interests (with research projects in all areas of current biomedical sciences, including computational genomics, cancer biology, systems biology, and neuroscience). Students enjoy the sense of excitement that permeates the three institutions – environments that foster continuous scientific advances, and which provide for interactions with investigators from around the world.

If the idea of becoming a scientific leader in this field appeals to you, we invite you to explore our website to learn more about this unique graduate training opportunity.

Dr. David J. Christini and Dr. Christina Leslie
CBM Program Co-Directors

We welcome your application!