Department of Physiology and Biophysics Health Sciences Center Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Physiology and Biophysics Health Sciences Center 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
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Stony Brook University - A Globally Ranked Institution

Founded in 1957, Stony Brook University lies 60 miles east of Manhattan and 60 miles west of Montauk Point, at the heart of Long Island, and remains the island's only public research university, as well as its largest single-site employer.

Stony Brook is recognized as one of the best education and scholarship centers in the nation, and has also garnered international acclaim. London's "Times Higher Education World University Rankings" lists Stony Brook within the top 1 percent of all universities in the world. Alumni of the institution 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 Department of Physiology and Biophysics

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics is located in Stony Brook's Health Sciences Center. The department considers its quality student-faculty member interactions to be one of its most important assets, along with the program's flexible nature that nurtures the academic development of individual student.

A variety of approaches are used to teach students the skills involved in their programs of study, including molecular recombinant, cellular, and theoretical approaches. Subject areas studied can include cell-cell communication, electrophysiology, metabolism, neurobiology, signal transduction, and cardiac physiology and pathophysiology.

State-of-the-Art Research Facilities in Physiology and Biophysics

The physiology and biophysics graduate program is closely associated with the program in molecular and cellular biology, as well as with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Physiology and biophysics students thus have access to all of these institutions, and opportunities to create interdepartmental collaborations.

Three Teaching and Research Specializations

The department offers 3 principal areas of teaching and research specialization, all of which are conducted from the molecular and subcellular levels, up through organ systems and intact animal levels. Areas of research specialization include: biophysical studies of membranes; cellular physiology and electrophysiology; and hormonal regulation of cell function and metabolism, which also has a special emphasis on intercellular and intracellular signaling mechanisms.

Doctoral Program in Physiology and Biophysics Available in 2 Tracks

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 2 tracks of study: biophysics and systems physiology. All doctoral students can choose courses from more than 6 areas of study, including biochemistry, biomedical engineering, cell biology, computational and structural biology, medical physiology, and neurobiology.

PhD students are encouraged to do 3 laboratory rotations during their first 2 years in the program. The department encourages students to complete their rotations in different fields so that they may both gain larger measures of technical expertise, and so that they may familiarize themselves with the various fields of faculty research. After completing both his or her rotations and a qualifying exam, each PhD student chooses his or her own independent area of research to complete during the remainder of the program.

Master's Degree Program Available

The overall goals of the new Master of Science degree program in Physiology and Biophysics are to prepare students for research staff scientist careers in industry (without focuses on R & D); teaching careers at the undergraduate college level; or further graduate study leading to PhD degrees in the Biomedical Sciences. For students interested in attending medical school, the MS degree program can complement and enhance backgrounds in the physiological sciences, including biomedical research. To accomplish these goals, the program of study provides training in cellular and systems-level physiology, membrane biophysics, experimental design, data analysis, and commonly used laboratory techniques in integrative physiology. Elective courses in Physiology and Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Pharmacological Sciences are then selected to complement and expand on the above core training, and meet the individual needs of each student.

Supported by an Award-Winning and Interdepartmental 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 members.

Faculty members from Stony Brook's Department of Physiology and Biophysics also collaborate with many other departments in both their teaching and their research projects, which range from understanding biological processes at the molecular level up to integrative and systemic levels. Common departments for these collaborations include biochemistry, biomedical engineering, neurobiology, and physics.

Financial Aid Opportunities at Stony Brook

Kiplinger names Stony Brook among its100 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 programs.

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. "US News and World Report" ranked Stony Brook in its 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. The National Science Foundation recognizes 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

Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Health Sciences Center
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Peter Brink


Phone: 631-444-3124
Fax: 631-444-3432

Odalis Hernandez


Phone: 631-444-3057
Fax: 631-444-3432

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Physiology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • 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? 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


32% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 7
    • Accepted 0
    • Acceptance Rate 32
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • 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, BS in related field, and minimum GPA of 3.0, recommendation
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based

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 awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Federal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students30
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students30
    • Part-time Percentage3%
    • Full-time Percentage97%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American32%
    • White / Caucasian36%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty17
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCellular electrophysiology, membrane permeation and transport, metabolic endocrinology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$6,470,115