Science Digest

Illustration by Melissa Ann Ashley/Columbia University

The discovery by Columbia and Harvard researchers could advance numerous fields, including clinical applications for photodynamic therapy and drug development.

Nicoletta Barolini/Columbia University

Columbia University scientists have identified a group of genes in roundworms that control the onset of puberty and induce sex differences in neural structures raises new questions of whether differences in male and female behavior are hardwired in our brains.
A pioneering statistician and world-leading cancer expert, Tavaré will head up the newly established Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics at Columbia University.

Photo by Michael DiVito

A searchable, free database developed by Columbia University and CUNY provides insight into companies that made and sold toxic products.
Brain during sleep

Illustration by Nicoletta Barolini

A new Columbia study finds that overnight the brain automatically preserves memories for important events and filters out the rest, revealing new insights into the processes that guide decision making and behavior.
Amgen scholars

Courtesy of Amgen Foundation

Since 2007, Columbia has hosted more than 300 Amgen Scholars in the university’s science research labs. They undertake research projects under the guidance of Columbia faculty in the fields of bioengineering and biomedical sciences.
an artistic rendering of an eye

Illustration by Niki Barolini

A Columbia University study finds that a variation of the visual field test better assesses central vision damage, which can lead to earlier treatment of glaucoma.
Neutron Star Merger

Courtesy of NASA

Brian Metzger won the $100,000 prize — awarded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation to early-career researchers — for his pioneering predictions of the electromagnetic signal from a neutron star merger and for leadership in the emerging field of multi-messenger astronomy.
Rafael Yuste

Photo courtesy of Columbia University

Rafael Yuste, a leader in the development of neurotechnologies that could cure many mental and neurological diseases, is also spearheading a worldwide effort to ensure these powerful tools are used ethically.
Ravi Tomer
Raju Tomer has won a NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, for his pioneering work in developing new technologies for high-resolution mapping of brain structure and function.