Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Biology at NYU, located in the heart of Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan. The Department has been expanding rapidly, with 22 new research faculty joining since 2004. We have renovated almost all of our lab space with 4 floors of open plan labs in the Silver complex and a new building for the Center of Genomics & Systems Biology at 12 Waverley Place. And we are expanding out of Washington Square, with faculty based at the New York Genome Center and at the NYU campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.

Our areas of research strength include Genomics & Systems Biology, Developmental Genetics, Infectious Diseases and the Microbiome, Evolutionary, Ecological and Environmental Biology and Molecular & Cellular Biology. A unifying goal is to understand the basic molecular mechanisms that control the function of cells, the forms of organisms and the evolutionary relationships between species. This knowledge is critical for understanding life at diverse scales and to alleviate human disease.

Our faculty and researchers regularly feature in the top journals but we pride ourselves on hiring faculty who are not only outstanding scientists but also great human beings, which makes for a collegial and informal atmosphere in the Department.

As part of a dynamic university, we emphasize training and education at all levels from postdoctoral researchers through our PhD, MS and undergraduate programs. We host annual symposia in Developmental Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology and a Darwin Day Lecture. We are also highly committed to a more diverse science workforce: we run a summer undergraduate program as well as participating in ARISE and other programs to foster diversity and to communicate our love of science.

Our goals? To achieve excellence in research, teaching and service to the community both in New York City and across the globe as part of NYU's global network.

Welcome to our site and consider joining us!

Justin Blau, Chair