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We offer PhD and MS degrees with a concentration in Molecular and Cellular Physiology. Our small faculty-to-student ratio facilitates one-on-one interactions on a daily basis in the laboratory and the classroom. Many of our research activities involve collaborations with investigators in other research programs within Albany Medical College, as well as other universities, research institutions, and corporations.
Our research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Lung Association, and the biotechnology industry, and more.
Our research employs integrative, multi-scale approaches ranging from molecular and genetic to mouse models of human disease and “omic” analysis of human clinical specimens. Research interests in the department encompass vascular biology and cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, inflammatory disease and resolution mechanisms, retinal development and disease, and cancer mechanisms. Our research teams compete successfully for grants from the National Institutes for Health as well as major foundations including the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and Susan G. Koman. Our faculty members serve on national peer-review panels, present research at national and international meetings, and publish in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.
Our faculty members work in an interactive environment that supports collaborations between scientists and clinicians. Our research centers on several key areas and provides opportunities for students and fellows to explore the mechanisms of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, gastrointestinal and kidney fibrosis, and cancer and aging, among other conditions.
PhD & MS Program
For students enrolled in the MS program, didactic course are completed in a year-and-a-half. For the doctoral program, didactic courses typically take two years to complete. Students typically require five to six years to complete the requirements to obtain a PhD.
Course of Study
- Learn state-of-the-art technical research skills ranging from molecular techniques to in vivo animal models.
- Gain familiarity with the literature and current research findings in molecular and cellular physiology and pathophysiology.
- Learn experimental design and data analysis.
- Develop effective oral, written, and graphic communication skills through presentations in the department and at national meetings.
- Opportunities to practice teaching skills in physiology.
- Position for success in postdoctoral positions or independent research in academic or industrial biomedical setting
Graduates of the program go on to have successful careers in academic research, biotech, and medical fields. Students are supervised by internationally recognized faculty, our students benefit from the individual attention that the program fosters. Graduates of this program are well prepared for careers in research and teaching in a variety of academic, clinical and industry settings.
Here is just a small sample of what some of our recent grads are doing:
- Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Assistant Researcher, Lund University, Sweden
- Assistant Professor, Brown University
- Assistant Professor of Biology, Hamilton College
- Medical Science Liaison, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Chief Pathology Resident, Albany Medical College
- Vice President, Director of Medical Affairs, Accell Health
- Senior Scientist, ImClone Systems
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
College students who have completed their sophomore or junior year can apply for our Summer Undergraduate Research Program. If you are interested in pursuing an MD, PhD or MD/PhD, the program will provide you with a glimpse into life beyond your undergraduate years. A stipend is available.
Job seekers can find out more about research, faculty, administrative, and other careers available at Albany Medical College and at the hospitals of the Albany Med Health System on our Careers webpages.