Columbia University in the City of New York

A Portrait of the Scientist

Highlighting Graduate Students

Graduate students are the lifeblood of science. As they learn and grow in expertise, their efforts at the bench and the blackboard drive research forward.


They teach. They mentor. They enrich our community and reach out to inspire other communities. A Portrait of the Scientist presents a selection of Columbia University’s many outstanding graduate students pursuing PhDs in fields related to neuroscience.


These photographs (by Thomas Barlow, graduate student in the Axel lab) document their daily lives and their crucial work advancing what we know about mind, brain and behavior.