In a new study, researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Hong Kong University find that the omicron variant of Covid-19 is resistant to current vaccines and antibody treatments, and that even booster shots may provide limited defense against infection.

The licensing and optioning of intellectual property originating in labs at Columbia Engineering increased dramatically in the past decade. Here are 10 up-and-coming startups in tech and health care.


During the pandemic, a group of Columbia graduate students launched the Physics and Coding Club at Democracy Prep Harlem High School. A year later, they’ve left the virtual world of Zoom to gather in real rooms for the first time. 

One of five teams selected by NASA, the Columbia group will send bacteria to the International Space Station to understand how low gravity affects both microbes and antibiotics.

It was long accepted that the Vikings were the first people to settle the Faroe Islands, around 850 A.D. until traces of earlier occupation were announced in 2013. But not everyone was convinced. New probes of lake sediments clinch the case that others were there first.

Take a look back at some of the visual highlights of 2021 from the Columbia community. 

Columbia Engineering professor Matei Ciocarlie discusses his work trying to translate ‘muscle’ memory into robotics through a combination of advanced sensing and computation.

What stories grabbed the attention of our readers in 2021? The results may surprise you.

A study of an investigational gene therapy for sickle cell disease has found that a single dose restored blood cells to their normal shape and eliminated the most serious complication of the disease for at least three years in some patients.

In “Rescuing Socrates,” Roosevelt Montás describes how Plato, Augustine, Freud, and Gandhi transformed his life.

A laboratory experiment found that as CO2 solidified, it caused the rock around it to crack. In real reservoirs, this process could open up space to pump in more CO2.

We checked in with top booksellers around the city to answer that question. Read on.

Anne Applebaum of "The Atlantic" and Gabriel Escobar of "The Philadelphia Inquirer" have been newly elected to the Pulitzer Board.

New insights into the genetic architecture of schizophrenia could pave the way for predicting who is at risk of developing the disease and coming up with new targeted therapeutics for those in need of novel treatments.

President Lee C. Bollinger appointed Katrina Armstrong as the next Chief Executive Officer of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine.