Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacy Health Sciences Center Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacy 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


Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program

The Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program includes faculty members of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences and other departments at Stony Brook and scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Graduate training leading to the Ph.D. degree emphasizes research experience and a course of study tailored to the individual. During the first two years, students complete the elective and core course work and participate in research projects directed by program faculty members. Students select an adviser for the dissertation research before the beginning of the second year and, upon completion of the qualifying examination, devote their full efforts to their research.

The goal of the program is to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in basic research in the academic, industrial, or government sector. Students planning careers in pharmacological sciences should have a broad interdisciplinary background with strength in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, and related biomedical sciences. This is accomplished through an integrated program of course work, independent study, participation in student seminars and a seminar program of visiting scientists, and extensive research experience.

Research Facilities

Faculty laboratories are equipped for all types of modern molecular and cell biological, biochemical, neurochemical, chemical, biophysical, and toxicological research. Specialized facilities are provided for tissue culture, recombinant DNA work, ultracentrifugation, scintillation and gamma spectrometry, transgenic mouse research, electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, molecular modeling, gas and high-performance liquid chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray crystallography, and mass spectrometry. Research activities are supported by library and core facilities, such as the proteomics center; the cell-culture and hybridoma, DNA microarray, DNA sequencing, and molecular cloning facilities; and the Division of Laboratory Animal Research, as well as by extensive computer and informatics resources. Program faculty members currently receive more than $19 million in annual research support from federal, state, and private agencies.

Student Outcomes

Ph.D. graduates have been very successful in obtaining postdoctoral training in highly regarded laboratories. Approximately half of Ph.D. graduates have taken academic positions at such institutions as Stanford, University of North Carolina, Harvard Medical, Washington (St. Louis), University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, UC Davis, NYU, and Wake Forest, as well as at Jackson Labs, Cold Spring Harbor Lab, Scripps Research Institute, and the McArdle Lab at the University of Wisconsin. About half have taken positions in industry (e.g., Abbott Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, Dow, R. W. Johnson, and American Cyanamid), either before or after postdoctoral training, or have furthered their education in law or public health, obtaining positions in patent law, in intellectual property law, and with the Food and Drug Administration.

Graduate Admissions

The University

Stony Brook University, State University of New York, is recognized as being among the nation's finest universities and has recently been ranked as one of the "100 best values in higher education" among public universities. Stony Brook offers excellent programs in a broad range of academic subjects and conducts major research and public service projects. Over the past decade, externally funded support for Stony Brook's research programs has grown faster than at any other major university in the nation. An internationally renowned faculty offers courses at the undergraduate through doctoral levels for 22,000 students through 119 undergraduate and 40 graduate departmental and interdisciplinary majors. The Health Sciences Center includes nationally recognized medical and dental schools, a veterans' nursing home, and a 520-bed hospital. Beyond its research eminence, the University is well known for its biannual film festivals and the extensive series of musical and cultural events staged each year in its performance houses, the Staller and Wang Centers.

Location & Contact

Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacy

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

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Michael Frohman


Phone: 631-444-3050
Fax: 631-444-3218

Odalis Hernandez


Phone: 631-444-3057
Fax: 631-444-3218

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Degrees & Award

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


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 62
    • Accepted 12
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 4
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Yes
    • 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
    • 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 submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Federal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students42
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students42
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American11%
    • White / Caucasian43%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian19%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown16%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty19
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage21%
    • Male Percentage79%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchToxicology, molecular and cellular biochemistry
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$5,390,340