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Students in the Ph.D. Program in Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center gain fundamental knowledge of current life sciences and mastery of investigative approaches in one of four specialized areas of study.
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Students in the Ph.D. Program in Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center gain fundamental knowledge of current life sciences and mastery of investigative approaches in one of four specialized areas of study.

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Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Biology

4 subprograms

Admissions Deadlines

December 1 - Neuroscience subprogram
January 1 - all other subprograms
Fall enrollment only




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The Biology program provides its students with interdisciplinary research and training opportunities in the world-class laboratories of doctoral faculty located at CUNY campuses and affiliated institutions throughout New York City.

The program prepares doctoral candidates to become research professionals equipped to teach in university programs and for leadership positions in biotechnology and research.



Behavior, ecology, evolution, and systematics. From anatomy to zoogeography. Faculty include members of the curatorial staff of the American Museum of Natural History.

Learn more about the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior subprogram »

Molecular basis of cell function, of prokaryotic systems, of animal and plant development, and of complex biological processes such as the immune and nervous systems.

Learn more about the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology subprogram »

Organization and function of nervous systems, approached from biochemical, cellular, organismal, and environmental perspectives. Faculty include staff of the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities.

This subprogram is overseen by the CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative along with the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience training area of the Ph.D. in Psychology.

Learn more about the Neuroscience subprogram »

Study of major plant taxa from bryophytes to flowering plants at every level of organization from the molecular to the ecosystem. Work ranges from theoretical to socioeconomic. Faculty include members of the curatorial staff of the New York Botanical Garden.

Explore the Plant Sciences subprogram »

Biology Announcements

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Jun 13, 2023

Congratulations to Recent Biology Fellowship Winners

The Ph.D. program in Biology congratulates our students who have been awarded dissertation fellowships for the 2023-24 academic year:

Dissertation Year Fellowship
Johanna Bensalel

Ellen Bennett Katz Award
Katherine Anderson
Sara Fresard

Amie James Travel Award
Carolina Henriques
Claudia Jou
Jasmine Pathan
Katerina Yamamoto

Early Research Initiative
Leen Aljayousi
Anna Flury
Zubaida Marufeen Islam
Praveena Naidu
Swastik Pattanashetty Gangadharappa
Malini Prasad

Katherine Anderson
Leonard Ash
Yamaly Barragan
Emily Birnbaum
Gavin Duckett
Connor French
Emily LaMarre
Li Li
Rilquer Mascarenhas Da Silva
Samantha Monier
Praveena Naidu
Raveena Parbhudayal
Jacquelyn Tomaio
Rhema Uche Dike
Ella Vardeman
Apoorva Vashisht
Aria Walls
Katerina Yamamoto

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Jun 13, 2023

Congratulations to the Biology Graduating Class of 2022-2023

The Biology program awarded a total of 16 doctoral degrees across our four subprograms in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Congratulations to Nora Awadallah, Sam Chew Chin, Manal F. Farhat, Gabrielle A. Germain, Melenia I. Giakoumi, Niklas Janisch, Sara Rose Ogrinc Krivoshik, Naoko P. Kurata, Nicole Danielle Lamassa, Keith Joseph Levendosky, Zelda Zara Mendelowitz, Viktoriya Morozova, Albert Ptashnik, Emma J. Purvin, Emily Anne Sible, Nicole B. Williams, and Dustin R. Zuelke on completing their Ph.D.s!

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Biology Spotlights

Our Sciences Spotlight series profiles students, faculty, and alumni associated with GC Sciences programs. Learn about our community:

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The Best of CUNY and NYC

Doctoral biology students have access to exceptional faculty and research facilities at CUNY campuses, including the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, Baruch College, Brooklyn College, The City College of New York, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Lehman College, New York City College of Technology, Queens College, CUNY School of Medicine., and York College. Students also have mentorship and research opportunities at affiliated distinguished NY institutions including the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Botanical Gardens.

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Physics and Mathematics Meet Biology

Students and faculty conduct specialized research with institutions and initiatives within and outside of The Graduate Center. A collaboration with the Initiative in Theoretical Sciences (ITS) involves faculty who study the phenomena of life using methods grounded in the traditions of theoretical physics and applied mathematics. This initiative will significantly expand research and educational opportunities for Biology Ph.D. students (as well as students from disciplines such as Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science) interested in theory and other aspects of quantitative biology.

Learn more about the Initiative in Theoretical Sciences

Diversity Enhances our program and is a priority

We are proud to be part of the nation’s largest urban university, known for propelling diverse students into rewarding and meaningful careers. The Biology program benefits from attracting students of all backgrounds who hail from throughout New York City and around the world. We are devoted to creating an environment in which diverse students are supported in their work and empowered to excel as scientists and educators.

Student Resources

Biology students should visit our Student Resources page for our handbook and other resources. Additionally, students can report issues here: