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The Department of Biological Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo offers research and study programs leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Masters of Science and Masters of Arts. The programs are designed for students who have completed a Bachelor's degree and wish to pursue in-depth study in the Biological Sciences. At present, the Department of Biological Sciences includes faculty working in the sub-disciplines of nucleic acid molecular biology/gene expression, evolutionary biology, sensory transduction/neuroscience. These degree programs are designed to give the qualified student a comprehensive understanding of living organisms and the background and experience required for carrying out independent research. Students can concentrate in one subspecialty or expand their course of study by performing research in two or more areas.

Ph.D. and M.S. students initially spend two 10-week periods during their first two semesters in research rotations with departmental faculty. They then begin an in-depth research project under the guidance of a mentor. Interdisciplinary research opportunities are abundant, because of extensive collaborations by departmental faculty. After graduation, our students obtain excellent research positions in academia or industry.

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The department is exceptionally well equipped for research and teaching. The research laboratories are housed in a modern building, with such adjunct facilities as instrument shops, animal quarters, and a greenhouse. Major instrumentation and equipment are available, including such items as a 750-MHz NMR spectrometer, fluorescence and electron microscopes, and multiple phosphorimaging systems.

The department has extensive computer resources. The Genetics Computer Group Programs for protein and nucleic acid primary sequence analysis and the Insight (MSI) suite of programs for molecular modeling and molecular dynamics simulations of macromolecules are accessible both through high quality graphics terminals and desktop microcomputers. Mainframe computer access is provided to all graduate students.


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