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Core Facilities

The University maintains core facilities available to students in MCB program laboratories.  These cores provide access and expertise for state-of-the-art equipment that may be too costly to be maintained by individual laboratories.  Facilities include centers for microscopic imaging, mass spectrometry for proteomics, DNA microarray analysis, DNA sequencing, and more.  For a complete listing of cores and capabilities see:

http://www.osa.sunysb.edu/cores/

Course Requirements

Course Work
MCB Graduate Program

The MCB Graduate Program offers a unique multidisciplinary course of study leading to the Ph.D. degree. It provides students with the opportunity to select an academic program in one of three specializations: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Cellular and Developmental Biology or Immunology and Pathology

During the first year all students participate in several core courses that serve to build a scholastic foundation for further study. The core courses include Graduate Biochemistry/ Biomembranes (4 credits), Molecular Genetics (3 credits) and Cell Biology (4 credits). During the first year the MCB graduate students perform four required laboratory research rotations, each with an average length of ten weeks. The students also attend an Invited Faculty Seminar Series during both semesters and receive training to critically evaluate original research articles in a Journal Club in the second, third and fourth semesters. They also gain experience as Teaching Assistants (starting in their second semester). Students can select an area of specialization at the time of enrollment, or they can decide on a course of study during their first year. The program of study in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology includes a course in Physical Biochemistry and any of a number of electives. Training emphasizes biochemical and structural approaches to solve biological problems. The program of study in Cellular and Developmental Biology includes a course in Developmental Biology and any of a number of electives. Emphasis is placed on the control mechanisms that define and regulate growing and developing systems. The program of study in Immunology and Pathology includes courses in Immunology and Medical Pathology. This area of specialization emphasizes the cellular and molecular basis of human disease to foster a bridge between basic and clinical research. Each of the specializations enhances knowledge within the field to ensure our graduates are well equipped for a successful career in research.

Course Curriculum for Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program

Required MCB Core Graduate Courses

1st semester    
MCB 520 Graduate Biochemistry (3 credits)
MCB 517 Biomembranes (1 credit)
MCB 503 Molecular Genetics (3 credits)
MCB 509 Laboratory Rotations (up to 6 credits)
MCB 601 Colloquium in Molecular and Cellular Biology (1 credit)
     
2nd semester    
MCB 656 Cell Biology (4 credits)
MCB 532 Student Journal Club (1 credit)
MCB 510 Laboratory Rotations (up to 6 credits)
BIO 600 Teaching Practicum (0 credits)
MCB 602 Colloquium in Molecular and Cellular Biology (1 credit)
     
3rd semester    
MCB 531 Student Journal Club (1 credit)
BIO 600 Teaching Practicum (0 credit)
MCB 599 Dissertation Research (up to 7 credits)
MCB 601 Colloquium in Molecular and Cellular Biology (1 credit)
GRD 500 Ethics Course (0 credit)
     
4th semester    
MCB 532 Student Journal Club (1 credit)
MCB 599 Dissertation Research (up to 7 credits)
MCB 602 Colloquium in Molecular and Cellular Biology (1 credit)
     
3rd year and beyond    
MCB 603/604 Student Seminar (1 credit)
MCB 599/699 Dissertation Research (up to 7 credits)
MCB 601/602 Colloquium in Molecular and Cellular Biology (1 credit)
     
Required Courses in Area of Specialization
     
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
BSB 512 Structural Biology and Spectroscopy
Elective*
(2 credits)
     
Cellular and Developmental Biology
MCB 657 Developmental Biology
Elective*
(3 credits)
     
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
HBP 533 Graduate Immunology (3 credits)
HBP 531 General Pathology (3 credits)
HBP 691 Pathology Journal Club (1 credit, Fall Semester years 3-5)
     
*Electives for the specializations include, but are not limited to
BCD 657 Developmental Biology (3 credits, Fall)
BGE 510 Graduate Genetics (3 credits, Spring)
BSB 512 Structural Biology and Spectroscopy (2 credits, Spring)
MCB 529 Organelle Development (3 credits, Fall, alternate years)
MCB 537 Physiology and Biochemistry of the Cell Cycle (3 credits, Fall)
HBH 655 Neuropharmacology (3 credits, Spring, alternate years)
HBM 640 Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis (3 credits, Fall)
HBP 531 General Pathology (3 credits, Spring)
HBP 533 Graduate Immunology (3 credits, Spring)
HBY 553 Signal Transduction (3 credits, Spring, alternate years)
     
Students are also strongly encouraged to enroll in their third semester in a 1 credit course that introduces basic concepts in computing such as basics of database searches, structural predictions, and modeling dynamic interactions.
     
BSB 515 Computational Methods in Biochemistry and Structural Biology (1 credit, Fall)
     
     
     

 


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