Message from the Director
Scott D. Emr
Welcome to the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology at Cornell University. I am delighted to be the institute’s first Director and am honored to be working with such an impressive team of researchers at Cornell--all of us sharing the goal of establishing a multidisciplinary institute to study cell and molecular biology. The Weill Institute is part of Cornell University's bold New Life Sciences Initiative.
The institute now includes nine faculty members with appointments in the departments of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Plant Biology. We aim to provide the best possible environment for our faculty and their labs to do world-class research.
Completing the sequence for the human genome in 2000 represented an enormous step forward in biomedical research. However it was only the beginning of what will be an explosive period of discovery. Developing the approaches and instrumentation needed to characterize the structure, functions, and dynamics of the molecular machines that ultimately keep all cells alive will require an enormous effort involving the expertise of faculty in many disciplines. It is the goal of the Weill Institute to make major contributions to this endeavor.
The Weill Institute sits at the center of Cornell’s Ithaca campus and is becoming a vibrant hub of scientific excellence in basic biology. This is an era of profound discovery in the Life Sciences. Together with existing outstanding programs in chemistry and chemical biology, physics, computational biology and engineering, the Weill Institute is helping Cornell achieve the promise of these exciting times.