Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) PhD Program

The Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Graduate Program at Stony Brook University offers graduate training in virtually all aspects of modern biological sciences. Our students select their thesis advisors from over 100 faculty members in several departments: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Pathology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Pharmacology, Chemistry, Physiology, and Medicine. The MCB graduate program also enjoys close scientific links with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The MCB program serves as an umbrella program that builds close ties among all contributing departments, with the intent of promoting a collaborative environment that encourages interdisciplinary research. The MCB program is designed to provide diverse training opportunities for graduate student and enhance their learning experience. The stimulating environment, rigorous training, and practical guidance by the faculty prepare students for successful and independent careers in biological sciences. We invite you to learn more about our program. The MCB graduate program "consider all candidates equally, regardless of state of residence, and particularly encourages applications from women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial and/or ethnic groups currently under-represented in biomedical science."



The Molecular and Cellular Biology Program (MCB) involves students in ongoing research projects as soon as they arrive on campus. During the first academic year, students undertake four research rotations in different laboratories of MCB Program faculty. The rotations provide an opportunity to experience different experimental systems as well as an inside view of each laboratory. The selection of rotation laboratories is assisted by an MCB faculty member who serves as Rotation Advisor. Stony Brook is the recommended site for the first rotation, but subsequent rotations can be performed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory or Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Following your first academic year, you will select an MCB Program faculty as your Ph.D. research mentor and initiate a research project for your Ph.D. thesis.

MCB faculty use a diverse array of biological systems such as Agrobacterium, C. elegans, Drosophilia, humans, mice, plants, viruses, Xenopus, yeast, and Zebrafish to explore a variety of biological topics including:

  • Cancer
  • Structural Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Signal Transduction
  • Gene Expression
  • Immune Response
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cell Cycle
  • Protein Trafficking
  • Development
  • DNA Replication
  • Biological Membranes

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