Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Huntington

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, non-profit institution with research programs focusing on cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics, and quantitative biology.
It is one of 68 institutions supported by the Cancer Centers Program of the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and has been an NCI-designated Cancer Center since 1987. The Laboratory is one of a handful of institutions that played a central role in the development of molecular genetics and molecular biology.
It has been home to eight scientists who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. CSHL is ranked among the leading basic research institutions in molecular biology and genetics with Thomson Reuters ranking it #1 in the world. CSHL was also ranked #1 in research output worldwide by Nature. The Laboratory is led by Bruce Stillman, a biochemist and cancer researcher.

Since its inception in 1890, the institution's campus on the North Shore of Long Island has also been a center of biology education. Current CSHL educational programs serve professional scientists, doctoral students in biology, teachers of biology in the K-12 system, and students from the elementary grades through high school. In the past 10 years CSHL conferences & courses have drawn over 81,000 scientists and students to the main campus. For this reason, many scientists consider CSHL a "crossroads of biological science." Since 2009 CSHL has partnered with the Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, China to create Cold Spring Harbor Asia which annually draws some 3,000 scientists to its meetings and courses. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory School of Biological Sciences, formerly the Watson School of Biological Sciences, was founded in 1999.
In 2015, CSHL announced a strategic affiliation with the nearby Northwell Health to advance cancer therapeutics research, develop a new clinical cancer research unit at Northwell Health in Lake Success, NY, to support early-phase clinical studies of new cancer therapies, and recruit and train more clinician-scientists in oncology.
CSHL hosts bioRxiv, the preprint repository for biologists.

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  • Went on a tour of the campus led by one of the graduate students. Learned so much about a place I didn’t know existed. And the location is beautiful. To get there I took the LIRR from Penn to Cold...  more »
  • I was there for just a few days as a guest speaker for one of the courses organized on campus. It is easy to access from both LGA and JFK airports by taxi and is located in beautiful Long Island. The....  more »
  • Wonderful private research center. My sister works there and we got a great tour and history lesson. Not sure if there are public tours, but parking is restricted In most areas.
  • This place is so so pretty! I went for a conference and brought my family (husband and two young kids) with me. We all had a really great time exploring the campus. We were there in late April so the weather was great and the place was beautiful. I was sad to leave.

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