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and physics and mathematical biology. In addition, eight
interdisciplinary centers focus on such biomedical concerns
as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and hepatitis C.
An Exceptional Place to Learn
Since 1955 when the graduate program began, 1,070
scientists have earned Rockefeller Ph.D. degrees. The
program attracts exceptional students from all over the
world and gives them opportunities to conduct the highest
quality science. Rockefeller also sponsors one of the nation’s
top M.D.-Ph.D. programs with neighboring Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical
College. In addition, at any one time, several hundred
postdoctoral investigators receive advanced training and
conduct research in Rockefeller labs.
The Rockefeller University Hospital
In 1910, Rockefeller scientists founded the nation’s first
hospital devoted exclusively to clinical research. All patients
at The Rockefeller University Hospital are participants in
clinical studies building on basic research findings from the
University’s laboratories.
About The Rockefeller University
A Community of Scholars
The Rockefeller University is a renowned center for bio-
medical investigation and graduate education, dedicated to
research that will improve the understanding of life for the
benefit of humanity. Founded in 1901 as The Rockefeller
Institute for Medical Research, the University was the nation’s
first institution devoted exclusively to biomedical science.
Today, the University’s 74 laboratories include 300 research
and clinical scientists, 350 postdoctoral investigators, 200
graduate students, and 1,050 technical and administrative
personnel, all working at the University’s 14-acre campus.
Groundbreaking Discoveries
Pioneering breakthroughs made at Rockefeller have trans-
formed science and medicine: the finding that DNA is the
basic material of heredity; the development of vaccines
against meningitis; the innovation of methadone treatment
to manage heroin addiction; the finding that cancer can
be caused by a virus; the discovery of the immune system’s
dendritic cells; and the design of the first life-saving
multidrug treatment for HIV.
Award-Winning Science
The Rockefeller University’s unique approach has led to
some of the most revolutionary contributions in biology
and medicine. Over the years, 24 Nobel laureates have
been associated with Rockefeller, including two alumni.
In addition, the University has been home to 21 recipients
of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award and
14 National Medal of Science recipients. Thirty-five
members of the current faculty have been elected to the
National Academy of Sciences.
Areas of Investigation
Rockefeller’s scientists conduct research in six broad areas:
biochemistry and structural biology; molecular, cell, and
developmental biology; medical sciences and human genetics;
immunology, microbiology, and virology; neuroscience;
Vanessa Ruta, a Rockefeller alumna, joined the faculty
in September 2011 to establish the Laboratory of
Neurophysiology and Behavior. She is the first new
faculty member recruited by President Tessier-Lavigne.