Establishing Your Research Program at Rockefeller
Hear From Some of Our Recently Recruited Junior Faculty
Paul Cohen, Ph.D.
"Rockefeller is a truly special place to develop as a principal investigator. The remarkable students, postdocs, and fellow faculty create a unique environment that empowers me to address ambitious questions that have the potential to lead to transformative findings."
Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
"Rockefeller commits unparalleled intellectual and practical support to junior faculty, encouraging us to tackle bold and risky scientific questions from the day we begin our labs. Departmental duties do not exist and administrative distractions are minimized so we have the opportunity to fully focus on our research. The lack of departmental structure at Rockefeller means that my close colleagues and neighbors are not necessarily in my field, a unique organization that promotes broad and multidisciplinary thinking about science."
Shixin Liu, Ph.D.
"Rockefeller is a truly special place to do science. Its amazing history, unique academic structure, gorgeous campus, prime location are all factors that attracted me here. But what Rockefeller impresses me the most is its people. I constantly draw inspiration from world-renowned pioneers, my fellow junior faculty, vibrant students and postdocs. They are ambitious, persistent, approachable, and fun. These people are what define The Rockefeller University. Once you are here, you become part of it."
Kivanc Birsoy, Ph.D.
"At Rockefeller, we embrace the idea that curiosity is sufficient justification to pursue a scientific question. There is tremendous support here to try something new and crazy. It is this spirit that makes Rockefeller a unique place."
Sebastian Klinge, Ph.D.
"The vibrant scientific culture at Rockefeller is unique and extremely supportive for junior faculty. Having outstanding scientists in diverse fields as colleagues provides a phenomenal environment to pursue new research programs."
Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.
"As a junior faculty, you're initially concerned whether you'll have enough resources to develop your research program, and whether you'll be able to attract good students and postdocs to your lab. In either case it's difficult to imagine a better place than The Rockefeller University. The support I have received in setting up my lab and getting my projects off the ground has been amazing in every respect. Another thing I very much appreciate at Rockefeller is that research groups are not organized in departments, which encourages close interactions between colleagues from vastly different disciplines. This inspires me more and more to think outside of the box and to contemplate new questions."
Gaby Maimon, Ph.D.
"Rockefeller offers colleagues who have seeded entirely new fields, students and post-docs with bold visions for the future, an administration and faculty that are on the same side, a long tenure clock that facilitates taking risks, a small community where everyone knows you, a funding approach that promotes doing experiments over writing grants, and a department-less structure that yields out-of-the-box collaborations. I can't imagine a better environment for discovering something big, or at least having fun while trying."
Daniel Mucida, Ph.D.
"My primary interest is Immunology. Even being traditionally a small University, Rockefeller has perhaps the most impressive genealogy tree in the field of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. What is mind boggling is that Rockefeller's contributions to other fields in Biology are also stupendous. It was only after I joined RU that I began to realize how that is achieved: by borderless interactions between fields, with unrestricted support to basic, big picture science."