Program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Biochemistry and Structural 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
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fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Stony Brook University -- A Globally Ranked Institution

Founded in 1957 as one of 4 university centers of the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook University is now recognized as one of the best education and scholarship centers in the nation and has garnered much international acclaim. With over 1,500 inventions and 450 patents to its credit, Stony Brook is listed in London's "Times Higher Education World University Rankings" within the top 1 percent of all universities in the world.

Lying 60 miles east of Manhattan and 60 miles west of Montauk Point, Stony Brook is situated in the heart of Long Island in New York and remains the island's only public research university, as well as its largest single-site employer.

The 120,000 alumni of Stony Brook are considered to be among those with the highest earnings potential in the nation. Alumni have taken prestigious positions within education, government, and industry, including such varied positions as first woman astronaut with NASA, president of Stanford University, president of production for Universal Pictures, and songwriter for the Blue Oyster Cult.

The Stony Brook University Biological Sciences Complex

The Stony Brook biological sciences complex is formed by 3 adjacent facilities: the Life Sciences Building, the Centers for Molecular Medicine, and the adjacent Health Sciences Center. The core of Biochemistry and Structural Biology (BSB) offices and laboratories are housed in the Life Sciences building, which holds a total of 110 research and teaching labs. The Centers for Molecular Medicine house many state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment for interdepartmental programs in biochemistry and structural biology, developmental genetics, infectious diseases, neurobiology, and structural biology.

State-of-the-Art Research Facilities in Biochemistry and Structural Biology

Students in the Biochemistry and Structural Biology program have access to many quality laboratories and types of equipment over the course of their study. Thanks to close ties to the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook students can also take advantage of Brookhaven's high-energy beam lines for diffraction studies.

Among the other types of innovative facilities and equipment available for student use are infrared, fluorescence, and CD spectrophotometers and mass spectrometers; several high-field NMR instruments and facilities for X-ray crystallography; tissue-culture facilities; transmission and scanning electron microscopes; confocal microscopes; phosphorimagers; multiprocessor computers for structure refinement and analysis; and numerous molecular graphics workstations.

Biochemistry and Structural Biology -- An Interdepartmental Doctoral Program

Stony Brook University's graduate program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology is an interdepartmental program geared specifically to research students working toward a Ph.D. degree. Together with the graduate program in Molecular and Cell Biology, the BSB program covers a broad range of biochemical, structural, and computational approaches to solving complex biological problems. BSB faculty members come from a number of departments, including Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Applied Math and Statistics, as well as from the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The program allows for some measure of flexibility, so that students can adopt an area of specialization, but core courses cover the areas of biochemistry, structural biology, computational biology, cell biology, and molecular biology. Ph.D. students are required to complete at least 3 2-month research rotation periods, a comprehensive written exam and an oral exam, and an original thesis project that culminates in the submission and defense of a written Ph.D. dissertation.

Supported by an Award-Winning Faculty

Faculty members from Stony Brook have been the recipients of such prestigious awards as the Fields Medal, Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and National Medal of Science. The university even counts 3 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty. Faculty members within the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology are no exception.

For instance, Associate Professor Jin Wang has been awarded the National Science Foundation Career Award for his research in the physics and chemistry of biomolecules, cellular networks, and single molecules. The scope of his research is displayed across over 95 publications. Dr. Wang has also served as guest scientist at the National Institutes of Health.

Full Financial Aid for All Biochemistry and Structural Biology Graduate Students

Kiplinger names Stony Brook among the 100 best values in public colleges, in part because of the university's commitment to offering a wide range of financial aid sources. Students can apply for grants, scholarships, loan programs, and employment programs through the campus financial aid office. The university also allocates tuition scholarship budgets to each program director to distribute among students in their program.

The Biochemistry and Structural Biology program provides all students full financial support, including health insurance. Tuition is waived for all graduate students accepted into the program, and students are also awarded a generous stipend to cover the costs of living.

National Ratings of Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University has been ranked among the top universities in the nation by a number of independent sources. "U.S. News and World Report" ranked Stony Brook in their top 100 best national universities and top 50 public national universities. The "Wall Street Journal" ranked it eighth among public universities with students going on to elite graduate programs. And the National Science Foundation places Stony Brook among the top 10 universities for integrating research with undergraduate education.

Stony Brook is a member of the Association of American Universities, which invites only the best research universities in the country to join. The nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are both internationally recognized research facilities, as well.

Location & Contact

Program in Biochemistry and Structural 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: 631-632-9730

Joann DeLucia-Conlon

Graduate Program Assistant

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

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biochemistry Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • 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? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


20% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 52
    • Accepted 16
    • Acceptance Rate 20
    • Enrolled 5
  • 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
    • 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 availableTeaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students31
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students31
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian59%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander6%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown11%