Biochemical, Cell, and Molecular Biology (BCMB)
The Program in Biochemical, Cell, and Molecular Biology (BCMB) offers graduate students a diverse choice of research topics from the broad topics of cell biology, molecular biology and developmental biology, to a variety of more specialized areas. These include biotechnology, comparative biochemistry and physiology of insects, cellular and endocrinological aspects of reproduction, enzymology and differentiation of mammalian cells, immunology, microbiology and biofilms, molecular evolution and ecology, neuroscience, phycology, plant molecular biology and biochemistry and cold-temperature biology. The spectrum of research activity is broad, and faculty share techniques unique to each laboratory. There are even possibilities of working on interdepartmental projects shared with faculty from departments such as psychology and chemistry. Therefore, a graduate student can work in two or three laboratories at the same time to pursue a research question.
Graduate students in biochemical, cell, and molecular biology are trained in research approaches and techniques currently employed by both research-oriented academicians and biotechnology industries. A number of research projects at the University are done on a contract basis with industries across the nation. Many Binghamton graduate students have accomplished some of their research on-site at biotechnology companies. PhD or MS students in BCMB can enter teaching-oriented or research-intensive careers upon graduation. Whichever career path is taken, fundamental training in research is essential. The research programs in the BCMB group are problem-oriented, rather than driven by a single specialized laboratory technology. Furthermore, many BCMB faculty members are active in the organismal biology graduate programs, extending the range of the problems and questions asked. These associations allow graduate students to pursue research in the context of the dynamics of organisms, populations, and ecosystems.