Life Sciences

At Cornell University, scientists involved in the life sciences strive to discover the fundamental nature of life - and how to use this knowledge to solve global problems and benefit society. Faculty across Cornell's colleges and departments work together to share new ideas and train the next generation of life scientists. Cornell is uniquely positioned to integrate biology with physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, and computer science to drive revolutionary advances in the life sciences.

"The Life Sciences are poised for revolutionary advances in the 21st century."

Robert A. Buhrman, Senior Vice Provost for Research


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William T. Keeton

Cornell faculty have inspired generations of young scholars. William T. Keeton served on the CALS faculty from 1958-1980. His popular biology class was delivered to standing-room only audiences. Keeton is known for ground-breaking research on homing pigeons and he wrote a textbook that integrated biology and evolution. The William T. Keeton house on West Campus honors his many contributions.


Working with collaborators at Weill Cornell Medical College (in NYC and Qatar) and the College of Veterinary Medicine, we bring basic science to life.


The public benefits – and scientists do, too – when new technologies move to the market: CCTEC, Biotech Institute, and Entrepreneurship@Cornell.


Who is working on particular research? What have they taught and published recently? Which online tools expedite research? Cornell Library's VIVO knows.