Our 72-credit-hour doctoral program combines interdisciplinary coursework with a variety of laboratory experiences, preparing you to identify and pursue your individual research interests.
You will be an integral part of a cutting-edge research team while exploring the broad significance of genetics, genomics and bioinformatics research.
You will learn techniques, strategies and best practices that you will draw on throughout your career as a productive scientist.
Your first year will help you build a foundation and prepare you well to pursue original research.
Your coursework will help you make connections among the genetics, genomics and bioinformatics disciplines and identify relevant research problems yet to be solved.
You also will learn hands-on, spending several weeks working in three or four faculty laboratories. These lab rotations will give you a taste of diverse research techniques and areas of inquiry.
After your year of exploration, based on your preferences, we match you with a faculty mentor whose research aligns closely with your interests.
Your mentor will guide you through each step of the dissertation process—from developing a research proposal to publicly presenting your results to defending your thesis.
Throughout our program, you will have opportunities to grow professionally and learn from top-notch scientists engaged in basic, translational and clinical research.
Our faculty-researchers involve you in cross-disciplinary teams from across the university and in affiliated institutes and research hospitals, such as Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology.