Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

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Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Parent institution
New York University

The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the NYU School of Medicine is a division of the Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York University, leading to the Ph.D. degree and, in coordination with The Medical Scientist Training Program, combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees. The Institute sets the policies for its admissions, curriculum, stipend levels, student evaluations and Ph.D. requirements.

In The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, the Sackler Institute ranked as the number 8 Biomedical Sciences program, nationally.[1] Four of the Sackler Institute's programs also ranked in the top ten of their respective disciplines.[2]


Sackler Institute's degree programs are:

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Developmental Genetics
  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Oncology & Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Neuroscience & Physiology
  • Pathobiology
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Structural Biology

In their first year, all students take half of their course work in a core curriculum (biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, cell signaling, bio-informatics and genetics) and the remainder in a wide variety of electives. First year students are also required to complete at least 3 three-month lab rotations. By the end of the first year, students must select a thesis mentor and program. Then, after becoming a member of a specific program, students must meet the academic requirements of that program. At the end of the second year, Sackler students must also pass qualifying examinations before moving on to thesis research.

The average time to degree at the Sackler Institute is 5.4 years.


The Sackler Institute is housed at the Langone Medical Center, which also houses the NYU School of Medicine, Tisch Hospital, the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine.

The Sackler Institute’s faculty consists of >180 faculty members at the Medical Center whose appointments are in basic science or clinical departments, as well as associated faculty located at the main campus (Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Center for Neural Science and Physics).

Notable people[edit]


  • Rodolfo Llinas, Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology
  • Martin J. Blaser, Professor, M.D., 1973, established the Foundation for Bacteria
  • Richard W. Tsien, Director of the NYU Neuroscience Institute, a world leader in the study of calcium channels and neurotransmission


  • Jan Vilcek, Professor of Microbiology, inventor of Remicade
  • Severo Ochoa, Professor of Biochemistry, Nobel Laureate for the synthesis of RNA
  • Arthur Kornberg, student of Severo Ochoa, Nobel Laureate for discovery of the mechanisms of DNA synthesis
  • Homer Smith, kidney research and the discovery of insulin
  • Ruth Sonntag Nussenzweig, C.V. Starr Professor of Medical And Molecular Parasitology, breakthroughs in Malaria vaccinations