In the Lab

In the Lab is a Columbia News series devoted to the interesting work—scientific, humanities-based, or interdisciplinary—of faculty and students.

Postdoc Oliver Philcox may have found a “smoking gun” for new frontiers in physics.

If you want to know, Alexandra Horowitz, who runs Barnard’s Dog Cognition Lab, may be able to tell you.

Indira Turney, an associate research scientist at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, is studying how brains age in diverse populations.

Columbia chemistry postdoc Elena Meirzadeh shares what’s so special about superatoms and her path through science so far.

Pallavi Kache is researching how cities can stop the proliferation of dangerous illnesses like dengue fever.

Kerstin Perez joined Columbia from MIT this summer, and is using cutting-edge techniques to identify the particle nature of dark matter.

Bae, a postdoc working in the lab of Professor Xiaoyang Zhu, shares her journey to Columbia and what went into her recent Nature paper. 

Postdoc Aaron Schein explains how he fell into data science while studying policy and why negative scientific results should be celebrated.

PhD student Luhuan Wu explains how statistics can make stars in distant galaxies easier to see and shares her secrets for taking stunning photos.

Postdoc Robert Fernandez studies the nervous system of roundworms and helps students from underrepresented backgrounds pursue science.

PhD student Daniel Fraga is studying ‘green’ hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels while sharing lighter moments on TikTok.

Lights! Camera! Quantum! The theoretical quantum physicist by day and actor by night explains how she blends science and art.