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DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAMS:
Naoko Tanese, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry
This degree may incorporate the study of molecular pharmacology, molecular biophysics, biomedical imaging, and biomedical informatics. The molecular pharmacology training program trains doctoral candidates in pharmacology and molecular neurobiology. Students interested in the structural basis of biology at both the molecular and cellular levels use cutting-edge technologies of X-ray crystallography, cryoelectron microcopy, mass spectroscopy, computational biology, and magnetic resonance imaging in the molecular biophysics and biomedical imaging training programs.
Doctor of Philosophy in Cell Biology
This program offers training in the general areas of structure, function, and biogenesis of macromolecules and subcellular organelles; mechanisms that regulate cell metabolism, differentiation, and growth; and intercellular interactions during development. The interdisciplinary character of the program allows for a wider perspective for the student in approaching a research project and selecting a thesis advisor. The design of the curriculum aims at providing the students with an advanced, but balanced, biological education, which prepares them to understand and apply to their research sophisticated ideas and methodologies of biochemistry, genetics, immunology, molecular cell biology, and structural biology. The developmental genetics curriculum focuses on the use of genetic approaches to understanding developmental mechanisms. The training program in stem cell biology proposes to bridge traditional disciplines such as developmental biology and cancer biology and provide trainees with exposure to a broad area of stem cell biology while they delve into their specific research area. The training program in genome integrity prepares students to understand the mechanistic basis of genome organization and function and apply these findings to human disease.
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology
The program in microbiology prepares doctoral candidates in the biology of infectious disease processes. Training is offered in the fields of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial and molecular genetics; mechanisms of pathogenicity and host resistance to infectious agents; retrovirology, and oncogenic viruses; growth factors; cytokines; mechanisms of signal transduction and transcriptional regulation, as well as the biochemistry, cell, and immunological phenomena associated with infections. The curriculum emphasizes the molecular aspects of pathogenesis with courses in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, immunology, medical microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, and virology.
Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology
This specialization trains doctoral candidates in the areas of molecular oncology, viral oncology, virus-cell interaction, immunochemistry, cellular immunology, and molecular genetics. Research experience may be acquirThis specialization trains doctoral candidates in the areas of molecular oncology, viral oncology, virus-cell interaction, immunochemistry, cellular immunology, and molecular genetics. Research experience may be acquired in the following areas: tumor virus-cell interaction; regulation of gene expression; oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes; DNA repair; lymphomas; cell differentiation; molecular biology of immunoglobulin genes; immunogenetics; autoimmune disease; interferon, interleukins, and growth factors; complement; AIDS; and various problems in cellular, tumor, and parasite immunology.
Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience and Physiology
This program offers broad-based training of doctoral candidates in the areas of cellular, molecular, developmental, and systems neuroscience. A diverse curriculum is offered to students through courses within the basic medical science departments at the NYU School of Medicine and those offered by the Center for Neural Science, located at the Washington Square campus, ensuring that trainees are part of a strong intellectual environment beyond that of the constituent laboratories. The training faculty has many overlapping research interests in neuroscience, encompassing basic, translational, and clinical research, from molecular and cellular neurobiology to cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, The core faculty represents a large number of both basic and clinical areas at the NYU School of Medicine, including the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, and Neuroscience and Physiology.
Dual Degree Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Medicine
The New York University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts and Science jointly sponsor the Medical Scientist Training Program. The program is designed to prepare individuals for careers as physician-scientists: professionals who are knowledgeable of human biology and disease by virtue of their medical education and who are research scientists by virtue of their basic science education. These individuals will approach human disease and basic biology from unique perspectives. Their medical backgrounds inform and give direction to their basic science, while their science education informs their approach to observing and understanding human disease. The program’s foundation consists of the medical school curriculum leading to the M.D. degree and the graduate school curriculum in one of the programs of the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences leading to the Ph.D. degree, with a typical course of study of eight years in duration. Building on this base are specialized activities dedicated to the combined degree student including basic science seminars oriented to exploring each topic’s relation to human biology and disease, experiences that provide examples of the most successful unions of basic science and medicine; as well as retreats and social functions. The program is supported by an NIH grant, the NYU School of Medicine, and the Sackler Institute.