Master of Science


Molecular Biosciences

What do organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and Infectious Diseases Society of America have in common? They are each dedicated to the support and advancement of research in the Molecular Biosciences, a dynamic field seeking to unravel the complexities of human disease - one molecule at a time.

Master's in Molecular Biosciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Overview
The mission of the master's program in Molecular Biosciences program is to develop outstanding research scientists capable of understanding the basic mechanisms of human health and disease.

It is this knowledge that is often the first step in developing therapies to diagnose or reduce the threats posed by conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases.

Mirroring a Ph.D. program, the Master’s in Molecular Biosciences is built around a thesis project led by the student and supported by their faculty research mentor.

Thesis research begins in the first year, continues through the summer, and culminates with a thesis presentation and defense at the end of the second year.

Past thesis projects have explored subjects such as treatments for low levels of HDL cholestrol, the role of Vitamin D in glucose control, and the use of estrogen in treating septic patients. Additional examples may be found below.
Master's in Molecular Biosciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Coursework
The M.S. in Molecular Biosciences is a 33 credit, 24 month degree program.

The program is interdisciplinary, bringing together basic, applied, and clinical scientists from a number of departments to provide each student with an individualized, cutting-edge biomedical education.

Research areas encompass a broad range of disciplines including molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, and infectious diseases.

This work is supported through courses in the core biomedical disciplines and further complemented with instruction in subjects such as laboratory research techniques and the ethical conduct of science.
Master's in Molecular Biosciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Thesis Project
A major requirement for program is the completion of original research and the publication of a thesis describing that research. The thesis is a collaborative research effort between the student and a mentor chosen by the student.

Below is a selection of past thesis projects conducted by students in the program:

1. Role of Francisella Tularensis Factor(s) in Modulation of Host Immune Response

2. Role of Heparin Derivatives and Platelet-Cancer Cell Adhesion in Tumor Metastasis

3. Novel Treatment for Prostate Cancer Using 5α-reductase Inhibitor Type II and Erα Blocker

4. FGFR-2 (BEK) Expression in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma with Clinical Correlation

5. In Vitro Pharmacodynamics Modeling of Nafcillin Alone and in Combination with Daptomycin against Staphylococcus aureus
Master's in Molecular Biosciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Facilities and Equipment
In order to conduct graduate-level research in the biomedical sciences, you need to have access to the right facilities and equipment. Among the resources you will find at your disposal are:

- Class II biosafety cabinets
- Inverted tissue culture microscopes
- CO2 incubators
- Quantitative real-time PCR machines
- in vivo imaging system
- Sorvall superspeed and ultracentrifuges
- Autoradiography facilities

In addition to these resources, faculty and students at ACPHS benefit from shared facilities with nearby research laboratories and the College’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute in Rensselaer, NY (just 15 minutes from the Albany Campus).
Master's in Molecular Biosciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Life After ACPHS
Students graduate with the ability to conduct independent original research and effectively communicate scientific information, skills that position them well for opportunities such as:

- Work as research technicians in private or government biomedical science research laboratories
- Work as quality control analysts in the pharmaceutical industry
- Admission into top Ph.D. programs in Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry
- Admission into professional degree programs such Medical School, Dental School, or Schools of Osteopathic Medicine

You can further distinguish yourself among other job or graduate school candidates by publishing your research and/or presenting at a national conference – two possibilities that are completely within your reach with the support of faculty in the program.