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Overview of Graduate Program

The Ph.D. Program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, one of three biomedical graduate programs in the School of Medicine, trains students to become outstanding research scientists and prepares them to pursue careers in research, teaching, public health, biodefense and emerging diseases, the bioscience industry, medicine, patent law, technology licensing, and science policy. The strength of this training program is evident in the achievements of our students while in the program (see Student Achievements) and the success our graduates have had in becoming leaders in their chosen fields (see Alumni).

Graduate students carry out their dissertation research with program faculty whose labs are actively involved in applying state-of-the-art basic research methods in molecular genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry to biomedically important problems in areas including cancer, infectious diseases, signal transduction, and cell cycle regulation. The program of study is structured to foster a highly interactive research environment. Students take standard lecture courses, which help to introduce the program faculty, and also participate in a wide range of other activities including seminars by visiting scholars, student research presentations, journal clubs, special topic research clubs, and an annual program retreat. Our trainees are also encouraged to take courses offered by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science as electives. These innovative courses help students improve their ability to communicate science orally and in writing. More information about the Center and course descriptions may be found here.

Some Molecular Genetics and Microbiology training faculty members are also members of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University. Students with specific interests in computational biology and genome sciences are encouraged to visit the Laufer Center web site to learn more about research at the Center. Similarly, students whose research interests are at the interface between chemistry and biology and who desire more intensive training in chemistry are eligible to participate in the Chemical Biology Training Program. More information about the CBTP and a list of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology faculty members who are part of this training program may be found here. Students who intend to pursue careers in translational research are encouraged to read about the new Stony Brook Scholars in BioMedical Sciences Program. This "Med into Grad" certificate program provides advanced training in translational research through partnerships between basic biomedical laboratories and clinical research programs. A description of this unique program may be found here.

Please contact us if you would like to know more about the Graduate Program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

Program Director:   Janet Hearing
Program Coordinator:   Jennifer Jokinen
Contact Phone:   631.632.8812
Contact Email:

Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-5222
Phone: 631-632-8800
Fax: 631-632-9797

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