Research Areas

Bone Metabolism

The process in which tissue is continuously renewed to maintain the biochemical and biomechanical integrity to support bone function, health, mass, and strength.

Gerard Karsenty, MD, PhD
Stavroula Kousteni, PhD
Jeri Wanzor Nieves, PhD


Basic science and clinical approaches to cancer focus on the molecular and cellular events that lead to and promote its development. Research focuses on applying that knowledge to the design of cancer therapies and prevention strategies that reduce its incidence and progression and improve the quality of the lives of those affected by cancer.

Richard Baer, PhD
William S. Blaner, PhD
Cathy L. Mendelsohn, PhD
Robert Schwabe, MD
Stephen H. Tsang, MD, PhD
Timothy C. Wang, MD

Diabetes, Obesity, Body Composition

Global Public Health and Epidemiology

We are identifying threats to global population health and training practitioners to understand the causes, impact, and prevention of disease with the goal of improving the lives of communities around the world.

Richard Deckelbaum, MD
Kim Hekimian, PhD
Jeri Wanzor Nieves, PhD

Immunology and Microbiome

Emphasis is on the research and study of human microbiome, infectious microbes, and the response of hosts to such pathogens to understand the molecular basis of infectious disease.

Yiping Han, PhD
Megan Sykes, MD

Lipids, Lipoproteins, Cardiovascular Disease

Special emphasis is on diet-gene interactions, risk prediction biomarkers, and therapeutic markers to treat and understand cardiovascular diseases.

William S. Blaner, PhD
Jeanine M. D’Armiento,MD, PhD
Richard J. Deckelbaum, MD
Henry N. Ginsberg, MD
Rebecca Haeusler, PhD
R. Ariel Igal, MD, PhD
Sekhar Ramakrishnan, DSc
Ira A. Tabas, MD, PhD
Alan R. Tall, MD

Micronutrients, Development, Neurobiology

Mitochondrial Metabolism

Research takes a multifaceted approach to cell metabolic products, proteins, and processes and their positive and negative impact in diseases and overall human health.

Richard J. Deckelbaum, MD
Edward Owusu-Ansah, PhD
Liza Pon, PhD
Ira A. Tabas, MD, PhD

Precision Medicine

The study of and clinical approach to genes, environment, and lifestyle of individual patients allows our doctors and researchers to devise targeted treatments and preventative measures to fight diseases. Columbia University brings together a unique pipeline of fundamental and applied science, translational medicine, and clinical practice.

Angela M. Christiano, PhD
Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD
Henry N. Ginsberg, MD
Muredach P. Reilly, MBBCH, MSCE
Ira A. Tabas, MD, PhD