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Agata Smogorzewska is both a Rockefeller alumnus and a faculty member. Her lab studies DNA repair processes, which help cells prevent their genetic information from becoming corrupted. As mentor, she encourages vigorous scientific debate, and prods students to be open to new ideas no matter where they originate.

Our dedicated faculty is made up of the brightest and most creative scientists in the world, including innovators, prizewinners, and pioneers who wrote the book on biology. View the full list of our heads of laboratory.

Rockefeller faculty members are passionate, curious, and energetic. Whether studying individual cells or model organisms, human beings or entire populations, Rockefeller's scientists are working to explore the inner workings of life and are attempting to unravel the causes of disease. The fundamental questions that inform their research are posed in the service of expanding knowledge, and the results they generate have opened up new fields and overturned long-held dogma. It's this emphasis on inquiry and discovery above all else that sets Rockefeller apart from its peers and that has sustained its excellence over more than 100 years.

Taken as a whole, the faculty has a record of achievement that is virtually unmatched in academia. Throughout the university’s history, faculty have won 24 Nobel Prizes and 22 Albert Lasker Awards, among other prestigious honors.



Individualized Attention and Support

The programs leaders get to know every student one-on-one, helping each to plan and execute a course of study that’s just right for them.

In addition to mentorship from faculty advisors, students receive careful, thoughtful guidance from deans Sid Strickland and Emily Harms. Their job is to listen to what each student needs, and help create a strategy to achieve it.  


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Research Areas

Centered around 79 cutting-edge laboratories working in a broad range of fields, The Rockefeller University fosters a collaborative research environment and provides an innovative educational experience for its select group of outstanding graduate students. To help reduce artificial barriers and provide its investigators with the greatest degree of freedom, Rockefeller does not have departments. Its laboratories are, however, loosely clustered into nine distinct research areas:

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 "Rockefeller encourages people to become better than they think they can be."Agata Smogorzewska, Associate ProfessorAgata Smogorzewska is both a Rockefeller alumnus