Molecular and Cellular Biology Program College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Molecular and Cellular Biology Program 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
5 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Stony Brook University

The Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at Stony Brook University immerses graduate students in a multidisciplinary environment. The program is the result of a unique partnership between the university's major biomedical research departments, including Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Pathology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Medicine, Pharmacology, and Chemistry. Graduate students take part in ongoing research projects from the start of their Ph.D. program, with research efforts carried out at 3 participating facilities: Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Through the research efforts and course study, graduate students join an outstanding faculty in exploring diverse biological topics including molecular biochemistry, structural biology, cancer biology, neurobiology, gene expression, infectious disease, DNA replication, and biological membranes.

The acclaimed program ranked highly on the 2010 National Research Council (NRC) survey, considered most authoritative survey of graduate programs. The program was ranked 18th nationally and among the top 6 in the northeast.

3 Areas of Research Specialization

Graduate students working toward their Ph.D. degrees in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at Stony Brook University choose one of 3 areas of specialization, based on their research interests, near the end of their first year of study.

The 3 areas are biochemistry and molecular biology, cellular and developmental biology, and cellular and molecular pathology. The required core courses are the same in each research track. The tracks differ in their elective course requirements.

For the biochemistry and molecular biology track, students are required to have taken an undergraduate course in physical chemistry, or they take one at Stony Brook University. They also take the program's Physical Biochemistry course. In the cellular and developmental biology track, students take the Developmental Biology course.

In the cellular and molecular pathology track, students take the Immunology course and the Pathology course. Students in this track also enroll in a journal club each year that analyzes research papers in cellular and molecular pathology.

Top Notch Research Opportunities at Stony Brook

The cross-departmental nature of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program gives graduate students options for joining research endeavors in nearly 100 different laboratories. Research labs in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, for instance, explore topics such as the genetic control of development and gene expression in animals, structure and function of RNA binding proteins and small RNAs, structure and function of membrane proteins, and the biosynthesis and function of glycoproteins in cell-cell interactions.

In the Department of Medicine, labs focus on issues including the biology and prevention of cancer metastasis and vascular functions of Alzheimer's disease amyloid beta-protein.

In the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, research labs explore issues such as cancer gene discovery and cancer biology, as well as the DNA replication of papillomaviruses.

First Rate Research Facilities

Stony Brook University offers outstanding facilities to support the institution's expansive research efforts. The Proteomics Center, a core facility at Stony Brook, for instance, provides services including protein sequencing, peptide synthesis, analytical HPLC, preparative HPLC, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, and DNA sequencing. The DNA Microarray Center provides researchers with facilities to simultaneously analyze the expression of thousands of genes in humans, rodents, yeast plants, bacteria, or Drosophila.

The university's Center for Structural Biology has advanced instrumentation for NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography, and the University Microscopy Imaging Center assists in research projects requiring advanced light, electronic light, and electron microscopy techniques.

Teaching Opportunities and Seminars

Graduate students serve as teaching assistants in the university's undergraduate biology or biochemistry courses during the second semester of their first year and the first semester of their second year.

In their third and subsequent years in the program, students take part in Graduate Student Seminars, where they learn communication skills by presenting their research progress to other students and faculty. The seminars also provide students the chance to meet with visiting scientists who are invited to present their research.

Financial Aid Includes Full Financial Support

All students who are accepted into the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program receive full financial support. Tuition is waived and students are provided with a generous stipend to cover living expenses. Health insurance is also provided.

Graduate Application

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University has earned high ratings on global rankings of universities, and the school was recently ranked as one of the "100 Best Values in Higher Education" among public universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

The University's main, 1,000-acre campus is on Long Island's North Shore, and the school recently opened the new Stony Brook Manhattan campus, a research and development park.

Location & Contact

Molecular and Cellular Biology Program

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: 631-632-8560

Joann DeLucia-Conlon


Phone: 631-632-8613
Fax: 631-632-9730

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Immunology And Pathology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Molecular And Cellular Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Biochemistry And Molecular Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Biological Sciences Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 15
    • 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


15% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 189
    • Accepted 38
    • Acceptance Rate 15
    • Enrolled 13
  • 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 1st 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 Students75
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students75
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian45%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian21%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown19%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty26
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%