Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology is an interdepartmental graduate training program that stresses biochemical, structural, and computational approaches to solving complex biological problems. Only candidates working toward the Ph.D. degree are admitted. Together with the Graduate Program in Molecular and Cell Biology the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology broadly covers graduate research in the biochemical sciences at Stony Brook.

The program includes faculty members from a number of departments and from Brookhaven National Laboratory. During the first year, students take core courses in biochemistry, structural biology, computational biology, and either cell biology or molecular biology, depending on their desired area of specialization. The program is research oriented, and participation in research is begun immediately through at least three 2-month rotation periods in which the beginning student participates in ongoing research projects. Before the end of the first year, the student is expected to begin a thesis research project. In later years, students can enroll in specialty courses, and, as part of the Ph.D. program, all students also obtain teaching experience in undergraduate classroom or laboratory courses for two semesters.

Students take a comprehensive written examination in January of their second year. Admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. occurs after students defend their thesis proposal in an oral examination. After admission to candidacy, the student works virtually full-time on thesis research that culminates in the submission and defense of a written Ph.D. dissertation.

Research Facilities

The biological sciences complex at Stony Brook is formed by three adjacent facilities. The Life Sciences Building is a large, modern facility containing 110 research and teaching laboratories, as well as the offices for the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Connected to the Life Sciences Building via two skywalks is the Centers for Molecular Medicine, a state-of-the-art research facility that houses interdepartmental programs in structural biology, infectious diseases, developmental genetics, and neurobiology. Several members of the program are located in the adjacent Health Sciences Center, a modern, high-rise complex that houses a large research facility and the University Hospital.

State-of-the-art facilities are available for biochemistry and structural biology. The Center for Structural Biology has several high-field NMR instruments and facilities for X-ray crystallography. With close ties to the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook students can take advantage of the high-energy beam lines for diffraction studies. The center also has a large computational core facility, with several multiprocessor computers for structure refinement and analysis, and numerous molecular graphics workstations. Throughout the program, there is state-of-the-art equipment for protein purification and analysis, including Raman, infrared, fluorescence, and CD spectrophotometers and mass spectrometers. Mass spectroscopy and peptide synthesis are also carried out in the Proteomics Center. The biological sciences complex also has tissue-culture facilities and a centralized Drosophila facility. These facilities are supported by a wide range of instrumentation for cell and molecular biology, including transmission and scanning electron microscopes, confocal microscopes, and phosphorimagers.

Student Group

There are approximately 200 graduate students in the biological sciences at Stony Brook. The Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology was established in 2000 to train students with interests in biochemistry and structural biology. Generally, students should have undergraduate majors in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, physics, or related areas, but some students come from other disciplines. The faculty has trained a number of graduate and postdoctoral students who are members of minority groups.

A State University in the Shadow of New York City

Located on 1,000 acres on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University is just 60 miles east of New York City. Students have access to the rich cultural activities, museums, libraries, and entertainment in New York City via the university's on-campus rail station.

Stony Brook students enjoy various recreational activities throughout the year, particularly outdoor activities at the nearby West Meadow Beach and the campus hiking and biking trails. Stony Brook University features a wide variety of student services and facilities, including a medical center, residence halls, fitness centers, and 8 campus libraries.

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Location & Contact

Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Prof. Robert Haltiwanger


Phone: 631-632-7336
Fax: 631-632-8575

Joann DeLucia-Conlon


Phone: 631-632-8613
Fax: 631-632-8575

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Molecular And Cellular Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [biochemistry and molecular biology]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [cellular and developmental biology]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [immunology and pathology]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [molecular and cellular biology]
      Master of Arts (MA) [biological sciences]
    • Biochemistry And Structural Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Biochemistry And Cell Biology Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 14
    • Doctoral Degrees 29
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


16% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 410
    • Accepted 106
    • Acceptance Rate 16
    • Enrolled 39
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students207
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students207
    • Part-time Percentage20%
    • Full-time Percentage80%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian59%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian14%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty28
    • Full-time Percentage93%
    • Part-time Percentage7%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGenome organization and replication, cell surface dynamics, enzyme structure and mechanism, developmental and regulatory biology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$6,817,888