Advance Your Understanding of Biological Science through Research
Discover new ways to think about cancer, neuroscience, or virology as you prepare for a career in academia, biotechnology, health care, or government.
From analyzing molecules to examining the intricacies of the brain, 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.
The doctoral program in biology at UAlbany has a Molecular, Cellular, Developmental and Neural Biology (MCDN) concentration
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.
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 Paolo E. Forni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Admissions to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology concentration for the PhD Biology program have been suspended effective August 2020.
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
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.