Welcome to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) at Columbia University. HHMI, one of the worlds largest philanthropic organizations, is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields at over 70 'host' institutions around the U.S. In addition, through its grants program and other activities, HHMI is helping to enhance science education at all levels and maintain the vigor of biomedical science worldwide
The Institute has laboratories across the United States and grants programs throughout the world. Its headquarters and conference center are located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. In 2006, the Institute plans to expand its activities to its Janelia Farm Research Campus, a newly constructed research complex in Ashburn, Virginia, which will bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines to tackle the most difficult problems confronting science today. HHMI's endowment in fiscal year 2004 was approximately $12.8 billion.
The HHMI investigators based at Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center are Drs. Richard Axel, Stephen Goff, Iva Greenwald, Wayne Hendrickson, Oliver Hobert, Barry Honig, Thomas Jessell, Eric Kandel, Steven Siegelbaum, Gary Struhl and Rafael Yuste.