From biomolecules, genes, and evolution to human behavior, development and communication, species composition, biodiversity conservation and the biosphere.
To thrive in this solutions century, we must decode the complex, interlocking systems that underpin life. We’ll investigate the fundamentals of molecular and cellular biology that sustain human, animal and plant health and examine the dynamics of our interdependent ecosystems—with an eye on unlocking new technologies and approaches to solve global problems.
Marcus uncovered a novel pathway that explains how cancer cells become resistant to chemotherapies, which in turn offers a potential solution for preventing chemo-resistance.
Learn more about Marcus Smolka and his work.
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Faculty, program support & research
CALS globally recognized faculty are the cornerstone of our reputation as a premier institution of scientific learning. Support CALS faculty and graduate students working on a multitude of issues around life science breakthroughs.
Student support & affordability
Scholarships enable Cornell to recruit and enroll the most promising scholars and garner a diverse student population. CALS supports students to ensure their success through programs such as peer mentoring, E3, CALS navigator, and experiential learning opportunities.
Establishing a named Moonshot fund or supporting the established Pioneering Life Science Breakthroughs Moonshot Fund offers CALS leadership the greatest flexibility to take advantage of innovative and emerging opportunities, and will be used to bolster CALS' strengths in support of initiatives focused on pioneering life science breakthroughs.
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The impact of giving
Researchers at Cornell have discovered a new grape downy mildew resistance gene – giving the wine and grape industry a powerful new tool to combat this devastating disease.
Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Institute for Computational Sustainability are using big data and AI to model hidden patterns in nature – not just for one bird species, but for entire ecological communities across...