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."
In the senior year of the program, medical biotechnology students spend time in internships in which they gain research experience under the supervision of 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
The College of Graduate Studies at SUNY Upstate Medical University 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 (see http://www.upstate.edu/grad/ ). Undergraduate students in the Medical Biotechnology program have the opportunity to do their senior internship in an academic research laboratory at SUNY Upstate Medical University that is directed by a faculty member of the College of Graduate Studies.
In addition, the Medical Biotechnology program has established a special articulation agreement in which the College of Graduate Studies agrees to hold 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. In order to qualify, the student must have met the basic course requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and have obtained an overall GPA and combined verbal and quantitative GRE score greater than or equal to the mean of the previous year’s incoming class, satisfactory letters of recommendation from faculty, and a strong endorsement letter from the College of Health Professions Dean before January 15th of the year the student will enter.
Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL), Utica, NY
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. For more information, link to: http://www.mmrl.edu/
Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences, Syracuse NY
The Center is located on Elizabeth Blackwell Street, across the street from SUNY Upstate Medical University. The Center has a Forensic Biology/DNA section and a Forensic Toxicology section, where there are opportunities for students to become involved in validation studies for new methods or other projects related to forensics. For more information, link to:
Forensic Biology/DNA Section: http://www.ongov.net/health/forensic/Forensic Toxicology Section: http://www.ongov.net/health/meo
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Inc., Rochester, NY location
This company is involved in the development of immunodiagnostic laboratory tests and instrumentation for use in the clinical laboratory. For general information about the company, link to: http://www.orthoclinical.com/en-us/Pages/Home.aspx
Advandx, Inc., Woburn, MA
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. For more information, link to: http://www.advandx.com/Home