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About this Program

Graduates specializing in medical biotechnology work with a team to conduct medical research in academic or industrial settings. In university laboratories, these individuals assist scientists by performing experiments that are part of a medical research study.

In industrial laboratories, biotechnologists help develop and manufacture pharmaceutical drugs or vaccines. Both types of laboratories are involved in research designed to treat or prevent human diseases such as heart disease, cancer, AIDS, genetic diseases, and many others.

Students' Top 5 Reasons to Choose Upstate's Medical Biotechnology Program

  1. Upstate's teachers are personable and accommodating. There's no such thing as limited "office hours." Instructors are readily available.
  2. We're part of an academic medical university, which means we can learn from expert guest lecturers who conduct research and analyze patient samples at University Hospital on campus.
  3. We get hands-on experience in modern laboratories that have the latest technology. Using the flow cytometry core facility in University Hospital helped tremendously with my research project.
  4. This is a professional atmosphere, an environment based on health care and research. You can walk down the hall and hear conversations about medicine, treatments, research. It's extremely professional.
  5. There are opportunities for internship placements at prominent laboratories. We seek out the kind of company and location we're interested in, and the school makes the arrangements.

Your Future...

Graduates of our program have gone on to secure employment as research technicians in university laboratories, research associates or quality control analysts in industry, clinical research coordinators, and sales representatives for laboratory diagnostic companies.

In addition, many of our graduates have used their B.S. degree in Medical Biotechnology as a foundation to continue their education in graduate school, medical school, physician assistant programs, pharmacy school, patent law, and the NIH post-baccalaureate intramural training program.


The Program is accredited to the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018; 773-714-8880; http://www.naacls.org

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