Pre Doctoral Training Program

The Predoctoral Research Training Program is administered in affiliation with SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse, New York. Students are awarded a Ph.D. degree upon successful completion of their course work at the SUNY Upstate Medical University and their research work at the MMRL.

Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies 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 (

To qualify, the student must:

  • meet the basic course requirements for admission to the SUNY Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies
  • have an overall GPA and combined verbal and quantitative GRE score greater than or equal to the mean of the previous year’s incoming class
  • obtain satisfactory letters of recommendation from faculty
  • receive a strong endorsement letter from the College of Health Professions Dean before January 15 of the year of entry into the PhD program.