Scientists & Research

The Rockefeller University is a world-renowned center for research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences. The university’s 73 independent laboratories pursue transformative discoveries in both basic and clinical research and study a diverse range of biological and biomedical problems with the mission of improving the understanding of life for the benefit of humanity. Laboratories are loosely clustered in nine research areas covering a wide spectrum of disciplines in the life sciences, including neuroscience, immunology, genetics, structural biology and bioinformatics.

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Historically, scientists at Rockefeller have made numerous fundamental contributions to the advancement of biomedical knowledge, including the discovery that DNA transmits hereditary information and the modernization of cell biology with the introduction of the electron microscope to biological studies. Rockefeller has also successfully addressed some of the world’s most pressing public health problems with the development of influenza immunization, the discovery of the connection between cholesterol and heart disease and the design of multiple-drug treatment for HIV. Today, the university concentrates on bridging fundamental science with research on disease, continuing the mission that has defined its success for over 110 years.

The university is supported by a combination of government grants and private gifts, and it draws from a diverse base of financial support, including endowment income, philanthropic donations and scientific research grants.