The Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) Graduate Program
Cellular Biology (MCB) Graduate Program offers a multidisciplinary
course of study leading to the Ph.D. degree. Diverse biological systems
of study from plants to humans are pursued in MCB research laboratories. These
systems are used
to investigate a variety of biological topics including: Cancer,
Infectious Disease, Gene Expression, Structural Biology, Neurobiology,
DNA Replication, Development, Immune Response, Cell Cycle, Protein
Trafficking, Signal Transduction, and Biological Membranes.
The MCB Program provides students with the opportunity
to select an academic program in one of three specializations: Molecular
Biology and Biochemistry, Cellular
and Developmental Biology, or Immunology and Pathology.
The goal of this approach is to provide the student with
the widest range of research possibilities.
The Biochemistry and Structural Biology
With the recent sequencing of the human genome, the race is on to determine the
structure and function of the thousands of protein molecules that drive biological
processes. The Program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology (BSB) provides
graduate students with the training and tools to determine the structure and
address the function and mechanism of proteins, DNA, RNA, membrane lipids, carbohydrates and the hundreds of
other molecules in cells. A major focus is on how interactions between these
molecules regulate cell function and development. The Program offers a range
of courses, colloquia, seminars and research in the fields of biochemistry and
structural biology. The interdisciplinary nature of the Program draws faculty
from the Departments of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacological
Sciences, and Physiology and Biophysics. This offers a wide array of research
areas from which incoming students can choose.
Stony Brook provides a unique setting for studies in biochemistry and
structural biology. With close ties to Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony
Brook can take advantage of world-class research facilities at the National
Synchrotron Light Source. In addition, several of the members of the BSB graduate
program are research scientists in the Biology Department at Brookhaven National
Laboratory. This is an exciting and historical time for the biological sciences.
Research in the fields of biochemistry and structural biology promises to lead
the way in understanding life on the molecular level. We welcome your interest
in our Program
- The Genetics Program
Diversity is a major strength of our Genetics Program.
Training is truly inter-institutional and is available in three different
types of scientific environments. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a
world-renowned, free-standing biological research institution that has
played a major role in the development of modern genetics and molecular
biology. Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of several large national
research laboratories sponsored by the United States Department of Energy
and carries out basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical,
and environmental sciences.
The University at Stony Brook is a full campus of the
State University of New York and is particularly well-known for its strong
research programs in the biological and physical sciences. This diversity
is also reflected in the variety of research topics and experimental
systems available to our graduate students. Thesis research projects
are available in over 100 different laboratories studying a variety of
topics including: chromosome structure and function; transposable elements;
DNA replication; cell cycle control; signal transduction; regulation
of transcription and RNA splicing; the molecular genetics of cancer;
behavioral genetics; developmental genetics; bacterial and viral pathogenesis;
population genetics; and molecular evolution. The genetic systems employed
in these studies include vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, yeasts,
cellular slime molds, bacteria, and prokaryotic and eukaryotic viruses.
- The Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BCB) Master of Science Program
The Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology offers a graduate program for the Master of Science degree. This ~1.5 year MS program is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, biotechnology, or further advanced studies in health and life sciences. Our pool of faculty represents diverse research interests spanning biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, and structural biology. Students also have the opportunity to perform research with interested faculty from other Departments as well as colleagues at Brookhaven National Laboratory and through internships with local biotechnology firms.
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