Our basic science research shares a common goal: to better understand the human body and disease.
Most of the basic science research at SUNY Upstate is conducted through the College of Graduate Studies. Our multi-disciplinary approach targets the illnesses that affect the most people: cancer; infectious disease; diabetes, metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease; and diseases of the nervous system. Research in these areas represents three-fourths of SUNY Upstate’s total research funding.
MD/PhD students receive their PhD degree through one of five basic science departments:
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Cell and Developmental Biology
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Neuroscience and Physiology
Though most students and faculty are affiliated with one department, our multi-disciplinary philosophy means students' research often crosses departmental lines.
Find out more about research at Upstate.
Eric Wohlford received a 2012 travel award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and spent two months in Kenya working in the lab of Rosemary Rochford, PhD, professor and chair of Upstate’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Eric studied the effects of malaria on B cells (producers of antibodies that fight infection) and Epstein-Barr Virus infection in the region. “Tropical medicine is unique, in that small, focused improvements in patient care make dramatic improvements in the well-being of patients,” he said.