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Doctor of Philosophy

Biomedical Sciences

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
  • Laboratory Rotations in Biomedical Sciences
  • Current Literature in Biomedical Sciences
  • Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
  • Principles of Public Health


Supporting Electives

Sample course subjects: Biodefense Sciences, Bioecology of Vector-Borne Diseases, Cancer Biology, Cellular Neuroscience, Chemical Principles in RNA Biology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Microbial Pathogenesis, Nervous System Disorders, Structural Molecular Biology

Qualifying Exams

Part 1 of the qualifying exam, completed at the end of your first year, is an oral presentation of a primary research paper related to your area. Part 2 is a written research proposal and oral defense of the your dissertation project and is completed at the end of your second academic year.


Research Tool

Develop proficiency in an approved research tool, such as competency in computer programming, statistical analysis, or biostatistics, or reading knowledge of an appropriate foreign language.


Doctoral Research: 30 credits (minimum)


Dissertation and Defense


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.
For more information contact Janice Pata at jpata@albany.edu.

NIH Doctoral Training Program in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID)

NIH Doctoral Training Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID)

As a doctoral student at UAlbany, you can receive biodefense and EID training through the School of Public Health in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, and NIH funding through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The program provides in-depth instruction in the BLS3-rated high-containment laboratories of the renowned Wadsworth Center. Participants work with individual mentors and collaborate with expert practitioners on real public health research projects.

Training topics include: disease surveillance, bioterrorist agents, biodefense science, biodefense preparedness, biocontainment, and infectious threat response.

Associated Faculty Research Interests
  • Dynamics of introns and inteins in bacterial pathogens
  • Evolutionary and population genetics, ecology, mosquito vectors of viral and protozoan pathogens
  • Molecular genetics and genomics of mycobacteria, virulence, mobile DNA, drug design
  • Host-vector-virus interrelationships and viral evolution of Category B viral encephalides
  • Mucosal immunity to ricin and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B
  • Reverse genetics, RNA synthesis, and pathogenesis of coronaviruses, including SARS
  • Tuberculosis and plague virulence gene regulation and pathogenesis
  • Mutagenic effects of lesion-bypass DNA polymerases
  • Regulation of gene expression in bacteria

Content

Career Paths

Most PhD graduates in biomedical sciences pursue post-doctoral training or employment at universities, schools of medicine and health sciences, biotechnology firms, and government research agencies such as:

  • Centers for Disease Control
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Veterans Administration
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International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Priority: January 5

Applicants who wish to be considered for a doctoral graduate assistantship or scholarship must submit their application by the priority deadline.  Some scholarships require that applications be received earlier than the published priority deadline. Students who wish to be considered for one of the early submission scholarships should consult our Financing Your Degree page and must submit the degree application and any additional required documents by the stated date for that scholarship.

Applications may be accepted on a space available basis after the priority deadline. Contact the department directly at bms@albany.edu with questions about submitting your application after the priority deadline.

PhD Biomedical Sciences Degree Application

The application and all supporting materials for the PhD in Biomedical Sciences must be submitted directly to The Graduate School at the University at Albany.


Application Requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • A combined total of at least 42 credits in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
  • Prior research experience, either through an undergraduate experience, enhanced summer research, or post-baccalaureate degree
  • Applicants are reviewed in the context of academic preparation and performance, potential for success, fit for the graduate program, as well as potential match with mentor

For application specific questions, contact us at bms@albany.edu.


International Requirements

  • WES evaluations for international transcripts.  Evaluations are not required for Canadian transcripts if the language of instruction is English.  
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 (institution code: 2532), two semesters of full-time study at a US college or university, or completion of an undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language and language of instruction


Required Application Materials

Official transcripts

  • Official transcripts from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school, must be sent directly from the institution to University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions.

Official GRE scores (institution code: 2532)

Three letters of recommendation

  • A minimum of two letters must be from academic faculty 
  • At least one letter must be from a university faculty member in the major field of study
  • Letters must be signed and on institutional/organizational letterhead

Personal Statement

  • Why do you wish to pursue a career in biomedical sciences and why are you interested in your chosen area of concentration?
  • 1500 word limit
  • The personal statement must have well-defined research interests

CV/Resume

Student Learning Objectives


Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Core Competencies:
  • Apply fundamental concepts in the core areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to a succinct research problem in the chosen specialty area.
  • Apply laboratory skills such as planning of experiments, data acquisition, management and analysis to a selected research problem.
  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate needed communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Apply fundamental concepts in the biomedical sciences to public health issues, in particular, in the detection, treatment and prevention of disease.
  • Understand the contribution of advanced biomedical science disciplines to public health.
  • Understand and demonstrate the proper conduct of scientific research.
  • Plan and execute, with considerable independence, original and extensive laboratory research on a significant problem in the biomedical sciences.
  • Critically evaluate the work of peers in biomedical sciences, including the choice of methods applied to problems and the interpretation of results obtained.
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills, both verbal and written, to disseminate the results of research.