The Postdoctoral Program in Cellular and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics provides training in modern physiology, from biophysics and structure of proteins, to cellular metabolism, to organ system function. The main areas of focus are Cardiovascular Physiology, Structure and Function of Membrane Proteins, Metabolism and Aging, and Neuroscience.
Trainees enter their studies from a wide variety of backgrounds, contributing to a diverse and exciting environment. Postdoctoral trainees benefit from belonging to a relatively small and focused program, while having access to the entire scientific community of Columbia University. Postdocs who finish their training from the Cellular and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics program will be ideally positioned to pursue independent careers in basic and applied biomedical sciences, in academic and corporate settings.
" The best experiences as part of the department as a postdoc were that I had access to the Columbia University cryo-EM facility and the NYSBC, which allowed me to learn the workflow and details of cryo-EM single particle analysis and to perform high quality experiments to enrich my publications. In this nice environment, I had the possibility to meet and interact with many other professionals in my position and increase my network. Finally, being in NYC allowed me to attend the specific NYSBC courses to enrich my career, and to attend the many conferences and meetings that are held in the city "
— Marco Miotto
Former Postdoctoral Research Scientist
" When I began looking for a postdoctoral position in the last year of my graduate studies, I wanted my research to include translational aspects that would not only advance scientific discovery but also push the boundaries of medical research. Since coming to Columbia, I have been given many unique opportunities to realize this dream including access to learning multidisciplinary techniques through numerous CUMC cores and centers led by leading scientists in their respective fields. The highly collaborative atmosphere of the department has also enabled me to have meaningful discussions with faculty and colleagues through various seminars, retreats, and social events to better understand my research. In addition, I was given the privilege of attending an extramural course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA during the summer of 2021 where I learned surgical, optical, and analytical laboratory techniques, as well as gained a deeper understanding for critical research questions in my field. In all, my experiences here have been incredibly special and very impactful on my scientific and life perspectives. "
— Jacqueline Niu
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
" The Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at CUIMC provides a robust scientific research environment and provided me with resources to fulfill my biochemical and biophysical training. I appreciate diversity and collaborative environment offered by CUIMC where I have established a network that features expert faculty advisors and colleagues. This network has helped me with critical thinking and broad, interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Also, I enjoy attending many departmental seminar series to learn more about the latest scientific studies in the field. "
— Jonathan Kim
Postdoctoral Research Scientist