Medicine

Michael Hernandez smiling while in his lab coat
Before deciding to become a doctor, Michael Hernandez wanted to be a priest. “I always loved the idea of helping people.”
illustration of a cervix's mechanical movements

Cervical length is clinically measured as the portion of the cervix that is closed. Effacement progresses in normal pregnancy when the fetal head descends and shortens the cervix. Funneling is a pathologic condition related to an abnormal cervical deformation pattern when the membranes slip into the inner canal and the cervix prematurely shortens. Illustration Courtesy of the Journal of Biomechanics

Kristin Myers was learning how to fix her father’s off-white Triumph TR4 roadster at the age of six. She later trained to be an automotive engineer and fully expected to have a career designing cars.

aged paper from early 1800's with the signature of Samuel Bard
Bard Hall is named for Samuel Bard (1742-1821), a founder of what is now Columbia’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Ivaylo Ivanov is studying how commensal bacteria (green) interact with intestinal tissues (pink) to activate immune cells in the gut to fight infection. Image courtesy of Ivanov.

Ivaylo Ivanov, an immunologist at Columbia who studies the role of intestinal bacteria in the body’s immune response, in collaboration with Caltech researcher Pamela Bjorkman, has received a two-year, $200,000 Innovation Fund award from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The grant will fund Ivanov’s ongoing research with Bjorkman.
Charles Zuker in his office.
Neuroscientist Charles Zuker has helped identify the cells, receptors and signaling mechanisms that govern what we taste.
Dr. Sylvia Preston, with short white hair, wearing her white doctor's coat and glasses, standing in front of green landscape.

Photo by John Pinderhughes

Each Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Sylvia Preston Griffiths arrives at the pediatric cardiology outpatient clinic at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Elise Bixby

For a sixth grade science project, Elise Bixby wanted to test the effectiveness of her grandmother’s osteoporosis medicine on bone density. She carefully put chicken bones into separate Styrofoam cups, with and without the medication, and entered the county science fair.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

Biomedical engineering professor, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, holds a bone bioreactor used in her research. Photo by Eileen Barroso

Professor Vunjak-Novakovic is a pioneer in the engineering of functional human tissue for use in regenerative medicine. Her work has led to new approaches for treating injuries and complex diseases and also have supported the development and evaluation of therapeutic drugs.
Lee C. Bollinger
President Lee C. Bollinger has agreed to serve as co-chair of the NAS committee on the Future of Voting, which is studying the issues of accessibility, reliability and verifiable technology in relation to voting in the U.S.
J. Thomas Vaughan

Photo by Jeffrey Schifman

Last year, J. Thomas Vaughan joined Columbia as director of Magnetic Resonance Research, a new University-wide position.

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