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Keck Program in Cellular and Molecular
Biophysics of Signal Transduction

The Keck program is a new research and training program between Cornell Universitys Ithaca and Weill Medical College in New York City campuses. The objective of this program is to develop a detailed understanding of the complex molecular processes that regulate cell behavior. This major scientific challenge requires a coordinated effort of scientists ranging from mathematicians and physicists to cell biologists and physiologists. The Keck program builds on the University's considerable strengths in these disciplines by synergistically linking teams of researchers at the two campuses. The program includes joint research projects, shared training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, development of inter-campus courses, and installation of equipment to facilitate application of new techniques to key biomedical research problems.

The faculty of the Keck Program in Cellular and Molecular Biophysics of Signal Transduction form an exceptionally strong team of researchers with the commitment and expertise to attack this problem in a coordinated effort (see table for links to the web pages of the Keck faculty). In particular, Cornell has a group of scientists who work at the interface between cell biology and biophysics, and this core group can integrate the efforts of the more physical or biological scientists. This core of faculty with broad, overlapping interests is one of the distinguishing features of the Keck program. Reflecting the broad interests of the faculty, the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in these laboratories come with a breadth of training that enhances a rich, interactive environment.

The program supports both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Graduate students will be admitted into existing Ph.D. programs at both campuses. Students in the Keck Program will have members of their Committee from both campuses, and interdisciplinary, collaborative training will be a key element of the selection process. Postdoctoral fellows will be selected for the program based on their prior record and their plans for interdisciplinary training. In most cases, two mentors will jointly sponsor fellows. Inter-campus graduate courses and special topic seminars for students and postdoctoral fellows will be developed. These will take advantage of the facilities and expertise in Cornell's Office of Distance Learning, which already offers several courses simultaneously in New York and Ithaca.

For more information on research opportunities in the Keck program please contact the directors of the program.

Ithaca Campus:

Barbara Baird, Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Campus:

Fred Maxfield, PhD