updated Mar. 13, 2013



Graduate Programs

at Weill Cornell

Contact Information
Sheila Nirenberg
Department of Physiology
And Biophysics
Weill Medical College of
Cornell University
1300 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Office Phone: (212)746-6372
Lab phone:(212)746-5666
Fax: (212)746-8690

Department of Physiology and Biophysics

From different, but complementary perspectives, and taking advantage of advanced methods, the biomedical research disciplines of Physiology and Biophysics seek to discover, analyze and explain the functions of the human body’s building blocks: cells, tissues and organs. The availability of information from genomics, imaging and proteomics, combined with the power of computational methods, has enabled entirely new approaches for making these discoveries and relating them to the most basic molecular mechanisms. Most importantly, these new approaches make it possible to integrate in our research activities, the findings from genetics, structural biology, and cell and molecular biology with principles and representations from physics and engineering. Together, they create a systems-level view of function in physiological components (e.g., from the cell to the heart, and from the neuron to the nervous system). This new integrative perspective, termed Systems Biology, complements and completes the study of structure and mechanisms of the body’s building blocks from their embryonic development to their mature function, in both healthy and diseased states. These ambitious research goals are addressed by an enthusiastic faculty aiming to expand our knowledge and alleviate human suffering through science. The Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology (PBSB) graduate program is designed to engage the students in education through research in current and innovative aspects of these three synergistic components of modern biomedicine.
     For information about the faculty, research, course work, student life and how to apply, please see the website below:
Physiology and Biophysics Department at Weill Cornell Medical College

Tri-institutional Md-PhD Program

The Tri-institutional MD-PhD Program is training physician-scientists who will become the next generation of leaders in biomedical research. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, The Rockefeller University, and the Sloan-Kettering Institute combine to form one of the few inter-institutional collaborations dedicated to joint MD and PhD training.
The mission of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program is to educate and train physician-scientists, bridge the gap between laboratory research and clinical medicine and thereby contribute toward improving health and enhancing the quality of life by reducing disability and death from disease.
     For information about the faculty, research, current students and how to apply, please see the website below:
Tri-institutional Md-PhD Program

Tri-institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine

This Ph.D. program trains students to use computational and analytical methods to solve problems in biology and medicine from the protein level to the organ level.The CBM program brings together the exceptional educational and research resources of Cornell University in Ithaca, its Medical College in NYC (Weill Medical College of Cornell University), and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to provide a unique training opportunity at the forefront of computational biology and biomedical research.
      For information about the faculty, research, current students and how to apply, please see the website below:
Tri-institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine