Department Resources

This page is designed to provide the Department with information and access to resources both within the Department and abroad. If you know of other resources that should be listed here, please email [email protected]. Resources will be added from time-to-time so please check back. 

Internal Resources

Department Support Staff is mostly located in the 500 and 600 Fairchild Department offices. The 500 office is on the 5th floor of Fairchild. You can enter the Fairchild building from campus by taking the gray stairway straight to the fifth floor, or by entering on the ground (4th) floor and taking the elevator to 5. The 600 office is on the 6th floor of Fairchild. Enter the building on the 4th or 5th floor and take the stairs or elevator to the 6th floor. The offices are open Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. You can look at this list of Department Support Staff to determine who can best help you.

The Department website is regularly updated with information about Seminars, Events, as well as News and research updates. Information about University-wide programs on events may be found through the University home page. If you would like to be added to an email listserv about Department Events, please email [email protected]

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences! We recommend that you email [email protected] to introduce yourself so that we can add you to the appropriate email listservs.

A variety of chemicals and lab/office supplies are stored in the Biological Sciences Stockroom store on the 2nd floor of Shapiro.

Biology Stockroom Inventory List (PDF)

Biology Stockroom 
530 West 120th Street
Room 212 Schapiro Center
New York, NY 10027 

Stockroom Phone: (212) 854-4046 

The Stockroom is open 9 am - 1 pm and 2 - 5 pm. (The stockroom is closed for lunch from 1 - 2 pm.)

Department members should consider subscribing to one or more of our listservs.  The listserv updates usually include event announcements and opportunities.

  • Biology Employees
  • Biology Announcements
  • Biology Postdocs
  • Biology PhD Students
  • Biology and Related Majors (undergraduate)
  • Biology Faculty
  • Biology Teaching Faculty
  • Biology TAs

To join a Biology listserv, please email [email protected] with your request.

External Resources

The Department of Biological Sciences is a member of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). GSAS offers academic and professional services, as well as support for grievance processes for academic matters. Please keep in mind that any reports made to GSAS are not confidential, and may trigger an investigation.

Learn more about GSAS

The Office of Postdoc Affairs is found here:

A guide for new postdocs is found here:

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences website is here, which has information on resources and policies in FAS:

Faculty members will discuss teaching with the Chair (and likely others), but here are some useful resources: information on the new course approval process can be found here:

The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) can be found here:

The Columbia Library offers guidance on performing research for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs and faculty. Here is the library site and the science library contact information:

For any safety concerns, contact University Public Safety. For non-emergencies they can be reached at 212-854-2797. In case of an emergency, call 212-854-5555.

The University’s Ombuds Officer serves as an informal resource for assisting members of the University community with conflict resolution. The Ombuds Office provides information, counseling and referrals to appropriate University offices. He or she will also mediate conflicts if both parties agree. However he or she does not have the authority to adjudicate disputes and does not participate in any formal University grievance proceedings (212-854-1234; [email protected]). Although some we sites describe this office as confidential, EOAA indicated to me that they do have a duty to report; in that sense they are not confidential, but are presumably otherwise discrete.

As an institution, Columbia University is committed to the principles of equity and excellence. It actively pursues both, adhering to the belief that equity is the partner of excellence. Columbia University’s aims to achieve both a workforce and a student body that reflects the diversity and talent of New York City, the larger metropolitan area, and the nation. In furtherance of this goal, Columbia has implemented policies and programs which seek to ensure that its employment and educational decisions are based on individual merit and not on bias or stereotypes. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action has overall responsibility for the management of the University’s Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and the Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment.

Students, faculty, staff and third parties may file a report directly to the EOAA for any incident involving discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct. Please keep in mind that this process is not confidential and can potentially trigger an investigation.

More information is available on the web at or by contacting EOAA over the telephone at 212-854-5511.

For incidents regarding gender-based misconduct by a student, a report should be made to Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct. Like with the EOAA, a report with the gender-based misconduct office is not confidential and may trigger an investigation.

Columbia University has partnered with Turnitin  to assist University faculty and staff with online grading and plagiarism prevention. Access to this service is at no cost to University faculty and staff. There are three access levels in Turnitin: Administrator, Instructor, and Student.

  • Administrators may: Create instructor accounts and courses and review usage statistics across courses
  • Instructors may: Create assignments, set parameters for students to upload document for plagiarism detection and monitor originality report for student submission (TAs requesting access for a course must obtain the approval of the course instructor)
  • Students may: Upload documents for a course to check for plagiarism
    If you are interested in this service, please email Sarah [email protected] with your request.

Departmental Facilities

The Department of Biological Sciences participates in the High-Performance Computing Facility on the Morningside campus.

Contact: Aaron Choi [email protected] (Kalderon lab) and Dr. Chen Katz [email protected] (Prives lab)

Contact: Shuang Feng, [email protected]

Contact for Gene Pulser Xcell Total System: Dr. Susan Liao, [email protected]
Contact for 10x Chromium Controller: Jamie N. Woych, [email protected]