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 the PhD program in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental and Neural Biology, contact Cheryl Andam at [email protected], Chair of Admissions or Dr. Melinda Larsen at [email protected], Director of Graduate Programs.
Note: Admissions to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology concentration for the PhD Biology program have been suspended effective August 2020.
Qualifying Examination Part II – 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 research tool can be fulfilled by the first-year Biochemistry course.
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. Biological Sciences Faculty Research Interests
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Obtain general knowledge of representative fields in biology such as molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, and neurobiology, with a detailed knowledge of one or more areas of interest.
- Read and understand primary scientific literature to keep abreast of major developments and to synthesize and integrate the literature in their chosen area of expertise.
- Integrate factual knowledge and problem-solving skills.
- Recognize a significant scientific problem and propose experiments that would make a significant contribution to its solution.
- Designing experimental protocols and conducting self-directed research to contribute to the solution on an important scientific problem.
- Demonstrate oral and visual communication skills.
- Demonstrate written communication skills.
- Understand scientific ethics as practiced in Western societies, including the topics of human subjects, animal use in research, and plagiarism.