Chemical Biology M.S. and Ph.D.

Chemical Biology M.S. and Ph.D.

An Ideal Location for Research

Stevens prime location next to New York City and within the New Jersey research corridor attracts Chemical Biology students from across the country and around the world to benefit from the university's collaborative relationships with industry and academic partners throughout the region.

Research In Focus
Nuclear Pore Research Leads to Progeria Discovery

Researchers in the Glavy Lab study the nuclear pore complex at the molecular level in the pursuit of the unknown or unexpected in the well-studied but not always well-understood nuclei of living cells. Faculty and student scientists from the lab have published on their discovery of the Werner Helicase Interacting Protein 1 (WHIP) outside its known range. WHIP's moniker derives from its interaction with Werner protein, which maintains genome stability and conversely is responsible for the progeria disease Werner's Syndrome. This adult-onset disease causes premature aging and increased susceptibility to other old-age diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Dr. Joseph Glavy expects this discovery to be the first step towards a solution to premature aging diseases.

Gene Therapy, Disease, and Viral Mimics

Fundamental research in chemical biology has been leading to some of the most exciting discoveries in health and medicine. In the Leopold Lab, experiments are aimed at creating and assembling novel biochemical entities that will display the characteristics of viral proteins. The experimental approach includes evaluation of peptides, lipids, and carbohydrates, both novel and well known, using assembly methods inspired by viruses. Dr. Philip Leopold, Department Director for Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, has won many teaching awards and external funding for his gene therapy research.

Cell Behavior, Healing, and Disease

Cell-extracellular matrix interactions are essential for normal biological processes and pathological processes. Research conducted by Dr. Jiahua Xu has the goal to isolate and investigate the basic mechanism by which extracellular matrix microenvironment in tissue regulates cell behavior in normal tissue maintenance, tissue repair, and tumor tissue progression. Studying critical aspects of cell-matrix interactions will give us a better understanding of the progression of some diseases and the methods by which the body effectively heals.

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Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional Documents:

  • Resume/CV

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at [email protected].

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