Message from the Dean

Mark E. Schmitt, PhD

SUNY Upstate Medical University has a strong base of scientific researchers and a significant clinical setting, which provides students with an outstanding environment to learn and grow into strong independent scientists.

As a graduate student, you can receive outstanding training in a choice of six different program areas that cover a wide range of basic and translational research. Strengths of the university include: cancer biology; infectious disease; proteomics and genomics; neuroscience; stem cell biology; diabetes; metabolic and cardiovascular disorders structural biology and systems biology.

We promise a first-rate education from mentors dedicated to your intellectual growth and career development. Our faculty researchers continue to capture major grants to support their work, which means a variety of well-funded laboratories to choose from when you select your thesis lab.

Upstate continues to grow despite hard economic times. We are expanding and upgrading our substantial research space, including the Upstate Cancer Center and a new addition to the Institute for Human Performance. We have recently built the Central New York Biotech Accelerator, a bio-incubator.

All of this takes place at Upstate Medical University, located in a beautiful part of the country. Central New York offers a reasonable cost of living, with cultural and recreational attractions essential to a well-rounded life.

—Mark E. Schmitt, PhD
Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Our Mission

The mission of SUNY Upstate Medical University is to improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research and health care.