Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Cooper Union Announce Student Exchange and Collaborative Research Program


Agreement will enrich academic experience 

Newswise — (NEW YORK –October 24, 2018)  –  The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art today announced an academic agreement that includes collaboration on research and academic programs, effective immediately.

Through this agreement, matriculated ISMMS doctoral students and Cooper Union students will each be able to take courses at the other institution, with the first registration opportunity in November 2018 for courses in 2019. Students will require approvals by course directors and other relevant officials at the home and host institution, and will be required to meet all of the host institution’s academic and institutional standards. 

“This collaboration holds great promise for enriching the academic experiences of our students and those at Cooper Union,” said Marta Filizola, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Sharon and Frederick Klingenstein/Nathan Kase, M.D. Professor of Pharmacological Sciences at ISMMS. “Both institutions are committed to a culture of innovation in research and education, and we are excited to offer this unique experience for students.”

“This exchange is great for our students and it's great for New York City,” said Richard Stock, Dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. Referring to Cooper-Union’s commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math, known as STEM, Stock continued,

“By opening up specialized biomedical labs and courses to our engineering students, while offering our world-class engineering resources to ISMMS, we continue to bolster this city as a major location for STEM research.

Through this collaboration, students at ISMMS and Cooper Union will also be eligible to participate in joint research at each institution. The range of research areas will include: bioengineering, biomedical engineering, proteomics, biomechanics, microbiome, and biomedical computational projects.  ISMMS and Cooper Union faculty will jointly advise on collaborative research projects, with the home institution advisor retaining primary supervisory and grading responsibility for the student. Cooper Union faculty will conduct annual workshops on engineering concepts, while ISMMS faculty will present on biomedical concepts.



About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai’s vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Medical Schools”, aligned with a U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” Hospital, it is ranked as a leading medical school for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 “Best Hospitals” issue. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org/, or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About The Cooper Union and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished, private college of art, architecture, and engineering with a world-class faculty of humanities and social sciences.  Founded in 1859 by inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist Peter Cooper, the college is dedicated to his radical commitment to diversity and his founding vision that fair access to an inspiring free education and forums for courageous public discourse foster a just and thriving world.  With a student body of more than 900 undergraduate and graduate students, The Cooper Union’s curriculum focuses on helping students acquire technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and become inspired to address the critical challenges and opportunities of their time. The institution provides close contact with a distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning that is enhanced by the process of design and augmented by its urban setting in New York’s East Village.  For more information, visit http://www.cooper.edu, or find The Cooper Union on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


The Albert Nerken School of Engineering, the largest of The Cooper Union’s three schools, has an average enrollment of about 450 undergraduate students. It offers bachelor and master of engineering degree programs in chemical, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering as well as a general engineering bachelor's degree program.