Sarah Goodman, Medical Biotechnology Class of 2012, conducted research her senior year on genetic mutations linked to schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. "I like working on genetics, and with DNA," Sarah said. "I’ve always been interested in genetics and neurodegenerative disorders. It’s like a puzzle, and the mystery is where the pieces should go."
During the senior year, medical biotechnology students spend time in internships to gain research experience with a faculty research mentor in an academic or industrial laboratory.
Internships take place in one or more of our clinical affiliate institutions:
College of Graduate Studies, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies offers graduate-level degree programs and conducts research in six different areas: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Physiology (http://www.upstate.edu/grad/). Undergraduates in the Medical Biotechnology program may spend their senior internship in an academic research laboratory at Upstate directed by College of Graduate Studies faculty.
In addition, the College of Graduate Studies holds one slot per year in the PhD program for an undergraduate student in the College of Health Professions who has demonstrated a strong interest in the biomedical sciences and who has previous research experience.
To qualify, the student must:
- meet the basic course requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies
- have an overall GPA and combined verbal and quantitative GRE score greater than or equal to the mean of the previous year’s incoming class
- obtain satisfactory letters of recommendation from faculty
- receive a strong endorsement letter from the College of Health Professions Dean before January 15 of the year of entry into the PhD program.
This is a private research laboratory conducting studies related to cardiac diseases. Scientists at MMRL are involved in studies dealing with pharmacologic effects, molecular biology, genetic screening and stem cell research related to cardiac disorders.
The Center, on Elizabeth Blackwell Street across from SUNY Upstate Medical University, has a Forensic Biology/DNA section and a Forensic Toxicology section. Students have opportunities to become involved in validation studies for new methods or other projects related to forensics. For more information:
This company is involved in the development of immunodiagnostic laboratory tests and instrumentation for use in the clinical laboratory.
AdvanDx is a private company near Boston, MA that develops and markets molecular-based, in vitro diagnostic tests that aid in the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases.