Physiology and Biophysics

The Physiology and Biophysics Department seeks to explain the functions of the human body’s building blocks: cells, tissues and organs. Faculty focuses on several areas of research, such as uncovering receptors that make cell function and intercellular communication possible in the brain and throughout the body. The department’s graduate program prepares students in some of the most advanced modes of biomedical research through specialized courses and seminars. 

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A New Tool for Discovering Cancer-Driving Structural Variations

September 26, 2022

An advanced software tool for analyzing DNA sequences from tumor samples has uncovered likely new cancer-driving genes, in a study led by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers.
Study Illuminates Precancerous "Clonal Outgrowth" in Blood Cells

September 22, 2022

A common, spontaneous mutation in blood stem cells, which has been linked to higher risks of blood cancer and cardiovascular disease, may promote these diseases by altering the...
Alzheimer’s Disease Causes Major Metabolic Changes in the Brain

September 14, 2022

A collaboration between Weill Cornell Medicine scientists and other leaders in Alzheimer’s disease research has revealed widespread metabolic changes in the brains of individuals...