Advance Your Understanding of Biological Science through Research
Discover new ways to think about cancer, neuroscience, disease ecology, or virology as you prepare for a career in academia, biotechnology, health care, or government.
From analyzing molecules and the intricacies of the brain to examining the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, the PhD in Biology curriculum at UAlbany is an experimental and theoretical research-focused program.
You will learn from distinguished faculty mentors while taking advantage of close collaborations with principal investigators, exceptional teaching opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, and career connections for entrepreneurship and partnerships across disciplines.
When you enroll in the doctoral program in biology at UAlbany, you will choose between two concentrations:
- Molecular, Cellular, Developmental and Neural Biology (MCDN)
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
The MCDN concentration focuses on research concepts like cell-cell signaling, the regulation of bacterial gene expression, RNA folding, cancer drug discovery and brain function.
Through the EEB concentration, you will research infectious diseases in areas like disease ecology, host-parasite interactions, animal ecology and behavior, and the evolution of viruses.
You will be encouraged to apply for fellowships, contribute to major scientific studies, and present your findings at conferences and symposiums. You will also have the opportunity to teach for at least two semesters with support to help develop your communication and presentation skills.
For more information about Molecular, Cellular, Developmental and Neural Biology, contact Marlene Belfort at email@example.com.
For more information about Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, contact Ing-Nang Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifying Examination – Written
Qualifying Examination – Oral defense of research proposal
Full-Time Study in Residence
Sample core courses:
- Cell Biology I and Cell Biology II
- Biochemistry and Biomolecular Structure
- Advanced Molecular Biology
- Integrative Principles of Ecology and Behavior
Research Tool Requirement
Demonstrated proficiency in one of the following:
- Computer programming
- Statistical analysis
- Advanced mathematics
- Electronic theory and design
At least two semesters during your graduate tenure.
Representing a significant and original contribution to knowledge in your field of specialization.
The main component of your PhD in Biology program studies will be research-based. With access to our collaborative Life Sciences open laboratories as well as to institutions in the region, such as the Wadsworth Center and the New York State Department of Health, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to conduct your research.
You will have a strong mentoring relationship with our faculty enabling you to engage on all aspects of scientific investigation from discovery to effective data dissemination.