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Program

Introduction

Stony Brook (SBU) School of Medicine, in conjunction with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), sponsor a medical scientist training program (MSTP). The purpose of the MSTP, partially funded by a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health, is to train academic medical scientists for both research and teaching in medical schools and research institutions. Graduates of this program are equipped to study major medical problems at the basic level, and at the same time, to recognize the clinical significance of their discoveries.an image is here

The program offers diversity and flexibility that permit the design of individualized educational opportunities to meet the needs of students with varied interests, backgrounds, and career goals. Medical training is provided by the SBU School of Medicine. Research training is provided by the combined faculties of SBU, CSHL, and BNL. Faculty research interests include:

  • AIDS including molecular biology, virology, pharmacology and epidemiology
  • Biomedical engineering including stem cell therapy, nanotechnology, biomaterials/biomechanics, biosensors, bionanotechnology, medical instrumentation and imaging, tissue engineering and biomedical modeling
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Cancer biology
  • Cell structure and function including organelle biogenesis, cell cycle, differentiation, transformation and extracellular matrix
  • Cellular, molecular and systems neurobiology
  • Cellular immunology
  • Developmental biology and genetics
  • Endocrinology including programs in diabetes and obesity
  • Gene therapy
  • Glycobiology
  • Imaging technologies
  • Lyme disease, bacterial pathogenicity
  • Membrane biology and biophysics including ion channels, ion transport, excitability and cell-cell communication
  • Molecular biology and genetics including DNA replication, regulation of gene expression, and protein transport
  • Molecular Cardiology and hematology
  • Molecular modeling
  • Molecular virology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neural circuits and behavior
  • Neurological disease models
  • Signal transduction
  • Structural biology and physical biochemistry of proteins and nucleic acids
  • Vertebrate morphology including systematics, paleoprimatology and paleoanthropology
  • Vision

Requirements for Completion

Students must earn both an M.D. as well as a Ph.D. Both the M.D. and Ph.D. programs of study are specifically tailored to meet the needs and goals of the MSTP dual-degree track.


Required Time

The average time required to complete both degrees is seven to eight years. On occasion, an MSTP Fellow will finish in six years.