Faculty

The PhD program in Cellular and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics is affiliated with and administered by the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics. The Faculty of our Program provides a core group for student rotations, thesis projects, and mentorship. In addition, students can also explore the rich variety of labs across all campuses of the University.

Cellular and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Program Faculty

Larry F Abbott, PhD
Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics (in Biological Sciences)
William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience
Email: lfabbott@columbia.edu

Research: Mathematical modeling and analysis of neurons and neural network

Christoph Anacker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology (in Psychiatry)
Email: ca2635@cumc.columbia.edu

Qais Al-Awqati, MB, ChB
Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Professor of Nephrology and Hypertension
Robert F Loeb Professor of Medicine
Email: qa1@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: Epithelial differentiation and protein targeting, molecular mechanisms of kidney organogenesis

Scott Banta, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Email: sbanta@columbia.edu

Research: protein engineering, synthetic biology, biotechnology

Manu Ben Johny, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Email: mbj2124@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: Quantitative physiology and molecular biophysics

Jahar Bhattacharya, MD, DPhil
Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Professor of Medicine
Email: jb39@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: Endothelial mechanisms of lung injury using cultured cells and the optically imaged lung

Nadeen Chahine, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomechanics (in Orthopaedic Surgery)
Email: noc7@columbia.edu

Oliver Clarke, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics (in Anesthesiology and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research)
Email: oc2188@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: Structural characterization of membrane proteins mediating and modulating intracellular calcium release

Henry M Colecraft, PhD
John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Email: hc2405@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: Molecular Physiology of Voltage-Dependent Calcium Channels

Jeanine D’Armiento, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (in Anesthesiology)
Professor of Neuroscience
Email: jmd12@cumc.columbia.edu

Joriene De Nooij, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences (in Neurology)
Email: sd382@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: sensory neuron biology, proprioception, peripheral neuropathy, stem cells

Jane Dodd, PhD
Professor of Cellular Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Neuroscience
Email: jd18@columbia.edu

Research: Cell Specification and Differentiation, Axon Pathfinding and Synaptogenesis, Circuit Development

Dietrich Egli, PhD
Assistant Professor of Developmental Cell Biology (in Pediatrics)
Email: de2220@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: cell differentiation, pancreas, cell cycle, genome stability, reprogramming

Qing Fan, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
Email: qf13@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: structural biology of G protein-coupled receptors

Joseph Gogos, MD, PhD
Professor of Cellular Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Neuroscience
Email: jag90@columbia.edu

Research: genetic and neural origins of psychiatric disorders, neuropsychiatric therapeutics

James Goldman, MD,PhD
Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology (in Psychiatry)
Email: jeg5@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: development, function and pathology of CNS glial cells

Ruben Gonzalez, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
Email: rlg2118@columbia.edu

Wesley Grueber, PhD
Professor of Cellular Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Neuroscience
Email: wg2135@columbia.edu

Research: molecular control of neuronal circuit assembly, maintenance and function

Rene Hen, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology (in Psychiatry)
Professor of Neuroscience
Email: rh95@cumc.columbia.edu

Wayne Hendrickson, PhD
University Professor
Violin Family Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Email: wayne@convex.hhmi.columbia.edu

Research: methods development for protein crystallography and structure determination of membrane proteins and other challenging target

Jonathan Javitch, MD, PhD
Lieber Professor of Experimental Therapeutics (in Psychiatry)
Professor of Pharmacology (in the Center for Molecular Recognition and in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics)
Email: jaj2@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: structure, function and regulation of neurotransmitter receptors and transporters from single molecules to behavior and therapeutics

Arthur Karlin, PhD
Professor of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics
Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Professor of Neurology
Email: ak12@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: intra- and inter-cellular signaling involving receptors, channels and transporters, and mathematical modeling

Robert Kass, PhD
Hosack Professor of Pharmacology
Alumni Professor of Pharmacology (in Neuroscience)
Email: rsk20@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: ion channel mutations in cardiovascular disorders

Stavroula Kousteni, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Email: sk2836@cumc.columbia.edu

Kam Leong, PhD
Samuel Y. Sheng Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Systems Biology)
Email: kwl2121@columbia.edu

Research: non-viral gene editing, iPSC-based disease modeling, biomaterials-mediated inflammation modulation

Attila Losonczy, MD, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Email: al2856@columbia.edu

Filippo Mancia, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Email: fm123@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: structural biology of integral membrane proteins

Andrew Marks, MD
Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Clyde ’56 and Helen Wu Professor of Molecular Cardiology (in Medicine)
Email: arm42@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: mechanisms regulating cardiac muscle contraction, and molecular triggers of cardiac arrhythmias and coronary artery restenosis post stent placement

Steven Marx, MD
Professor of Medicine (in Pharmacology)
Email: sm460@cumc.columbia.edu

Ann McDermott, PhD
Esther and Ronald Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry
Email: aem5@columbia.edu

Edward Owusu-Ansah, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Email: eo2364@cumc.columbia.edu

Franck Polleux, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Email: fp2304@columbia.edu

Ning Qian, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Email: nq6@columbia.edu

Research: computational neuroscience and visual psychophysics

Matthias Quick, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurobiology (in Psychiatry)
Email: mq2102@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: structure, function and dynamics of Na+-coupled transporters with emphasis on neurotransmitter:sodium symporters

Lawrence Shapiro, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Professor of Ophthalmic Science (in Ophthalmology and in the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center)
Email: lss8@columbia.edu

Steven Siegelbaum, PhD
Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D. Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Pharmacology
Email: sas8@cumc.columbia.edu

Samuel Silverstein, MD
Emeritus John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, and Professor of Medicine
Email: scs3@cumc.columbia.edu

David Sulzer, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Pharmacology
Email: ds43@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: synaptic physiology, CNS diseases, dopamine, immunology and neuronal cell biology

Ira Tabas, PhD
Richard J. Stock Professor of Medicine (Immunology)
Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
Email: iat1@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: mechanisms of advanced atherosclerosis, hepatic insulin resistance, NASH in obesity and other cardiometabolic disease

Alan Tall, MD
Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Tilden-Weger-Bieler Professor of Medicine
Email: art1@cumc.columbia.edu

Kimara Targoff, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Email: kl284@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: genetic regulation of cardiac development and regeneration

Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Email: npt2105@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: observational data science for genomics and pharmacology

Richard Vallee, PhD
Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology
Email: rv2025@cumc.columbia.edu

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD
University Professor
The Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine)
Email: gv2131@columbia.edu

Research: human tissue engineering for regenerative medicine, biological research and disease modeling

Hynek Wichterle, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
Associate Professor of Neuroscience (in Neurology)
Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
Email: hw350@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: use pluripotent stem cells to study mammalian neural development, aging and disease

Tingting Yang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmic Sciences (in Ophthalmology)
Email: ty2190@cumc.columbia.edu

Research: structure and function of ion channels in the eye and the pathological mechanism and treatment of their associated diseases