Doctoral Studies

We offer programs of courses and research leading to the Ph.D from the CUNY Graduate School. This includes PhD Program in Biology (subprograms Molecular cellular and developmental; Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Neurosciences; and Plant Sciences) the PhD program in Biochemistry, and the PhD program in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Refer to the Bulletin of the Graduate School for application, financial aid, and course information for the Ph.D. program. Opportunities for specialization in applied and basic research are included below in the listing of the supervising faculty. The department has excellent research facilities, including the Core Facility for Imaging, Cellular and Molecular Biology, well-equipped research laboratories, a greenhouse, animal facilities, cold-room and environmental control units, marine and fresh-water aquaria, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, and computer access.

Opportunities are enhanced by affiliation with other city institutions and cooperative efforts with other divisions of the City University and the American Museum of Natural History. Graduate courses can be taken from colleges that are affiliated with the CUNY Ph.D. program in Biology which include Brooklyn College, City College, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Lehman College, and Queens College. Four institutions in the New York City area are associated with the CUNY Ph.D. program in Biology including the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Institute for Basic and Research in Developmental Disabilities, and The New York Botanical Garden. Queens College is close to many habitats, including a variety of field and forest types, ponds, streams, and salt marsh, marine and beach habitats.
Under the Ph.D. program, the CUNY graduate center provides the first year of support for incoming students, after which the mentor and campus provide financial support. Incoming students are offered guaranteed 5-year financial support packages including $24,000 stipend + tuition paid.

Biology PhD Program Faculty

Molecular/Cell/Development PhD Program Faculty
John Dennehy, Dept of Biology
Karl Fath, Dept of Biology
Nathalia Holtzman, Dept of Biology
Alicia Meléndez, Dept of Biology
Boojala Reddy, Dept of Computer Science
Susan Rotenberg, Dept of Chem & Biochem
Wilma Saffran, Dept of Chem & Biochem
Cathy Savage-Dunn, Dept of Biology
Timothy Short, Dept of Biology
Zahra Zakeri, Dept of Biology

Ecology/Evolution/Behavior PhD Program Faculty

José Anadon, Dept of Biology
Mitchell Baker, Dept of Biology
Jeffrey Bird, SEES
Stéphane Boissinot, Dept of Biology
John Dennehy, Dept of Biology
David Lahti, Dept of Biology
Gillian Stewart, SEES
John Waldman, Dept of Biology

Neuroscience PhD Program Faculty
Richard Bodnar, Dept of Psychology
Joshua Brumberg, Dept of Psychology
Susan Croll, Dept of Psychology
Pokay Ma, Dept of Biology
Robert Ranaldi, Dept of Psychology

Plant Science PhD Program Faculty
George Hendrey, SEES

Biochemistry PhD Program Faculty
Robert Bittman, Dept of Chem & Biochem
Robert Engel, Dept of Chem & Biochem
Karl Fath, Dept of Biology
Nathalia Holtzman, Dept of Biology
Alicia Meléndez, Dept of Biology
Corinne Michels, Dept of Biology
Susan Rotenberg, Dept of Chem & Biochem
Wilma Saffran, Dept of Chem & Biochem
Cathy Savage-Dunn, Dept of Biology
Timothy Short, Dept of Biology
Thomas Strekas, Dept of Chem & Biochem
Burton Tropp, Dept of Chem & Biochem
Zahra Zakeri, Dept of Biology

Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD Program Faculty
Jeffrey Bird, SEES
Hannes K. Brueckner, SEES
Nichalas Coch, SEES
Timothy Eaton, SEES
Daniel Habid, SEES
N. Gary Hemming, SEES
George R. Hendrey, SEES
Allan Ludman, SEES
Steven Markowitz, SEES
Cecilia M. McHugh, SEES
Stephen Pekar, SEES
Gillian Stewart, SEES
John Waldman, Dept of Biology
Yen Zheng , SEES

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