Rockefeller University


The Rockefeller University was established in June 1901 as The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (or The Rockefeller Institute by John D. Rockefeller). This is basically a private graduate-only university in New York City. Rockefeller is the oldest and most famous biomedical research institute in the United States. It focuses majorly on the biological and medical sciences and gives doctoral and post-doctoral education. 

The 82-person faculty (tenured and tenure-track, as of 2018) has a total of 37 members of the National Academy of Sciences, about 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, 7 Lasker Award recipients, and 5 Nobel laureates. 

The organisation has:

  • More than 80 heads of laboratories
  • 200 clinical and research scientists
  • 350 post-doctoral investigators
  • 1,050 technicians, clinicians, administrative and support staff

Rockefeller is a world-famous centre for research and graduate education in biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, and bioinformatics. It also gives one of the nation's top M.D. and PhD programs and a leading chemical biology PhD program in partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine and neighbouring Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In 1910, The Rockefeller Hospital opened its campus as America's initial facility for clinical research and clinical science.

Faculty members are divided into one or more of the following ten interconnected research areas listed below in order to create an interdisciplinary environment among its laboratories.

  • biochemistry, chemical biology, biophysics, and structural biology
  • cancer biology
  • cell biology
  • genetics and genomics
  • virology, immunology, and microbiology
  • mechanisms of human disease
  • neurosciences and behaviour
  • organismal biology and evolution
  • mathematical, physical, and computational biology
  • development, stem cells, development, regeneration, and ageing


Rockefeller University enrolled its first graduate students in 1955. Today, approximately 250 graduate students are admitted to the program, which are offered doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences, biophysics and chemistry. 

Student groups include People at Rockefeller Identifying as Sexual or Gender Minorities (PRISM), the Science and Education Policy Association (SEPA) and the Women in Science at Rockefeller (WISeR).

The student-run publication "Natural Selections" is produced every month.


Graduate students are usually offered subsidised housing on-campus and receive an annual stipend. 

Rockefeller's campus hosts a childcare centre for researchers and other university employees.


  • 12th in U.S. News & World Report's
  • 15th in Niche Best Colleges Rankings
  • 29th in National Universities in the U.S.
  • 43rd in Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 26th among Public Universities


Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave, New York, NY 10065, United States

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