Jerome L. Greene Science Center

  • Jerome L. Greene Science Center, seen from the 125th Street #1 train subway platform. Photograph by © Columbia University/Frank Oudeman

  • Collaborative meeting spaces and open-air staircases that connect two floors. Photograph by © Columbia University/Frank Oudeman

  • Aerial view of Manhattanville campus. Photograph by © Columbia University/Eileen Barroso

Building for Our Future with Brain Research

“The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is absolutely critical for the future of brain science at Columbia University and in a broader sense for brain science in the United States. It will allow Columbia to house within one building all the component disciplines that can contribute to our understanding of how brain gives rise to mind: brain scientists, psychologists, computer scientists, chemists, neurologists, psychiatrists, engineers and brain imaging scientists. This Greene Science Center has put Columbia into a unique position to make a major set of contributions to understanding the brain and its disorders.”
— Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center, supported by a $250 million pledge from the Foundation, will open as the cornerstone of Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus in Spring, 2017. Designed by Renzo Piano, this magnificent shimmering glass tower will house sixty state-of-the-art laboratories on its nine floors. The building will be entirely devoted to brain research. The ground floor will house a screening facility for area residents who have concerns about the brain and mental health, as well as an interactive educational center dedicated to communicating the science of the building to the wider community.

The building is beautifully designed to reflect its formerly industrial surroundings and provides a counterpoint to the elevated Number One Line on Broadway and the magnificent steel arches supporting the Henry Hudson Parkway along the Hudson River.

Under the aegis of Nobel laureates Eric Kandel and Richard Axel, as well as Kavli laureate Thomas Jessell, the world’s leading brain scientists are being recruited to put Columbia University and New York City at the forefront of this fundamental research. The research inside the Greene Science Center promises to revolutionize our understanding of the brain.