Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, non-profit basic research and educational institution. Under the leadership of its President, Dr. Bruce Stillman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), over 400 scientists conduct groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics and bioinformatics. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is one of sixty-three institutions supported by the Cancer Centers Program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and has been an NCI-designated cancer center since 1987.
Established more than a century ago, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is today recognized internationally for its educational activities, including an extensive program of scientific meetings and courses that attracts more than 8,000 scientists to the campus each year. Its Watson School of Biological Sciences – named for Nobel laureate and former CSHL Chancellor James D. Watson – offers an innovative Ph.D. program for a small group of exceptional students.
In addition, the Laboratory trains college undergraduates through the Undergraduate Research Program, high school students through the Partners for the Future Program, and grade-school children in its Nature Study summer camp.
The Laboratory also operates the Dolan DNA Learning Center in the village of Cold Spring Harbor, which offers laboratory workshops to science teachers, students, and other groups across the nation. Other components of the Laboratory include Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, which publishes five scientific journals and numerous laboratory manuals and books; the Banbury Conference Center in Lloyd Harbor, which hosts specialized meetings for small groups of participants; and the Cancer Genome Research Center in nearby Woodbury.