About Us

The Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, founded in 2007, is an interdisciplinary research institute in the heart of Cornell University's Ithaca, NY campus focusing on cell signaling and molecular dynamics. The science mission of the Institute is four-fold:

  • Establish Cornell as a premier university in cell biology research.
  • Stimulate new discoveries that can be translated into medical advances that improve human health.
  • Attract the best students, postdocs and scientists. 
  • Establish an environment that encourages collaboration and the transfer of ideas and technology.

The Weill Institute will ultimately consist of 12 faculty, residing in Weill Hall, a state-of-the-art research building dedicated in October 2008 and designed by renowned architect Richard Meier '57. In 2007, Dr. Scott Emr relocated to Cornell as the founding Director of the Institute. The goal of the institute is to build a vibrant center of scientific excellence in basic biology integrated with existing outstanding programs in chemistry and chemical biology, physics, plant biology, computational biology and engineering. Weill Institute faculty have full academic appointments in basic science departments to which they contribute teaching and service. Once fully staffed, the institute will be comprised of Cornell faculty from a wide variety of academic departments—including several of the basic biology Departments, as well as Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Physics, Engineering, Plant Biology, and Computer Sciences. Institute science focuses on broad topics in cell and molecular dynamics, addressing such key questions as:

  • Control of cell growth and the cell cycle
  • Regulation of the cytoskeleton
  • Organelle biogenesis and function
  • Regulation of cell and membrane architecture
  • Scientists in the institute are developing and applying approaches and instrumentation needed to characterize the structure, function and dynamics of the molecular machines required to keep all cells alive.

The institute not only carries out cutting-edge research but also enhances the educational environment at Cornell. In addition to research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, the institute organizes symposia, invites sabbatical visiting scientists to come and share their expertise and contribute to graduate and undergraduate courses that help to provide the Cornell community with the latest ideas and technologies.