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Recent Recruits

Li Zhao, PhD (Rockefeller)

Li Zhao, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

“Rockefeller University supports a diverse, vibrant biological and biomedical research community. This multidisciplinary research atmosphere provides me with exceptional opportunities to explore new research directions. The high quality sciences, state-of-the-art facilities, and the creative colleagues make this a unique place for junior faculty to thrive. Rockefeller is a wonderful place for me to start innovative lines of research.”

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Alipasha Vaziri

Alipasha Vaziri, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics

“At Rockefeller there is an idealism towards science that you don’t feel at many other places. People only care about really important problems and everyone is working on projects with a transformative potential in their fields. I find this atmosphere very inspiring as it pushes one to think about and work on the most audacious ideas that one can come up with.”

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Erich Jarvis

Erich D. Jarvis, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language

“I moved to the Rockefeller University because of the freedom to think outside the box and pursue uncharted territories of science, as well as to work with dynamic students, post-docs, and faculty.”

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Vanessa Ruta

Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior

“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.”

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Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism

“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.”

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Shixin Liu

Shixin Liu, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Nanoscale Biophysics and Biochemistry

“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.”

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Kivanc Birsoy

Kivanc Birsoy, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Metabolic Regulation and Genetics

“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.”

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Daniel Kronauer

Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Social Evolution and Behavior

“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.”

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