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Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

  • Stony Brook, NY
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
  • $4,685 | $8,340
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 16%
    acceptance rate
  • 6 Degrees
    degrees offered


Program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology is an interdepartmental graduate training program that stresses biochemical, structural, and computational approaches to solving complex biological problems. Only candidates working toward the Ph.D. degree are admitted. Together with the Graduate Program in Molecular and Cell Biology the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology broadly covers graduate research in the biochemical sciences at Stony Brook.

The program includes faculty members from a number of departments and from Brookhaven National Laboratory. During the first year, students take core courses in biochemistry, structural biology, computational biology, and either cell biology or molecular biology, depending on their desired area of specialization. The program is research oriented, and participation in research is begun immediately through at least three 2-month rotation periods in which the beginning student participates in ongoing research projects. Before the end of the first year, the student is expected to begin a thesis research project. In later years, students can enroll in specialty courses, and, as part of the Ph.D. program, all students also obtain teaching experience in undergraduate classroom or laboratory courses for two semesters.

Students take a comprehensive written examination in January of their second year. Admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. occurs after students defend their thesis proposal in an oral examination. After admission to candidacy, the student works virtually full-time on thesis research that culminates in the submission and defense of a written Ph.D. dissertation.

Research Facilities

The biological sciences complex at Stony Brook is formed by three adjacent facilities. The Life Sciences Building is a large, modern facility containing 110 research and teaching laboratories, as well as the offices for the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Connected to the Life Sciences Building via two skywalks is the Centers for Molecular Medicine, a state-of-the-art research facility that houses interdepartmental programs in structural biology, infectious diseases, developmental genetics, and neurobiology. Several members of the program are located in the adjacent Health Sciences Center, a modern, high-rise complex that houses a large research facility and the University Hospital.

State-of-the-art facilities are available for biochemistry and structural biology. The Center for Structural Biology has several high-field NMR instruments and facilities for X-ray crystallography. With close ties to the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook students can take advantage of the high-energy beam lines for diffraction studies. The center also has a large computational core facility, with several multiprocessor computers for structure refinement and analysis, and numerous molecular graphics workstations. Throughout the program, there is state-of-the-art equipment for protein purification and analysis, including Raman, infrared, fluorescence, and CD spectrophotometers and mass spectrometers. Mass spectroscopy and peptide synthesis are also carried out in the Proteomics Center. The biological sciences complex also has tissue-culture facilities and a centralized Drosophila facility. These facilities are supported by a wide range of instrumentation for cell and molecular biology, including transmission and scanning electron microscopes, confocal microscopes, and phosphorimagers.

Student Group

There are approximately 200 graduate students in the biological sciences at Stony Brook. The Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology was established in 2000 to train students with interests in biochemistry and structural biology. Generally, students should have undergraduate majors in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, physics, or related areas, but some students come from other disciplines. The faculty has trained a number of graduate and postdoctoral students who are members of minority groups.

A State University in the Shadow of New York City

Located on 1,000 acres on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University is just 60 miles east of New York City. Students have access to the rich cultural activities, museums, libraries, and entertainment in New York City via the university's on-campus rail station.

Stony Brook students enjoy various recreational activities throughout the year, particularly outdoor activities at the nearby West Meadow Beach and the campus hiking and biking trails. Stony Brook University features a wide variety of student services and facilities, including a medical center, residence halls, fitness centers, and 8 campus libraries.

Application Information

Location & Contact

Department of Biochemistry and Cell 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: 631-632-8575

Carol Juliano

Director, Graduate Program

Phone: 631-632-8550
Fax: 631-632-8575

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biochemistry And Cell Biology Master of Science (MS)
    • Biochemistry And Structural Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Molecular And Cellular Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [cellular and developmental biology]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [molecular and cellular biology]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [immunology and pathology]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [biochemistry and molecular biology]
      Master of Arts (MA) [biological sciences]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 34
    • Doctoral Degrees 14
    • 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 Required, Required and teaching experience
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


16% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 506
    • Accepted 123
    • Acceptance Rate 16
    • Enrolled 64
  • 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 Not Reported 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
    • In-state tuition *$4,685
    • Out-of-state tuition *$8,340
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,214.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • 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 Students184
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students184
    • Part-time Percentage9%
    • Full-time Percentage91%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian55%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian17%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown15%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage32%
    • Male Percentage68%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGenome organization and replication, cell surface dynamics, enzyme structure and mechanism, developmental and regulatory biology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$8,391,599



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