Basically I am trying to gauge my potential for PhD studies in Cell and/or Molecular biology. I'm still narrowing down research topics. I would like to attend grad school in or right around NYC. This would include such schools as Columbia, NYU, Weill-Cornell, Rockefeller, SUNY Downstate, CUNY Graduate Center, Stony Brook University and several others. While I know my (weak) stats arn't likely to land me in the top schools in NYC, please give me some feedback and what my options may be and what I can do to improve my chances for any program. A buddy of mine recommended applying for technician positions in one of my labs of interest as a possible in as well.
Overall GPA: ~3.5 (Cum Laude, 2010)
Biology GPA: ~3.7
Quantitative: 150 (53rd percentile)
Verbal: 158 (79th percentile)
Writing: 3.5 (29th percentile)
Two years of laboratory technician experience in a genetics/cell biology laboratory.
Unfortunately no papers to speak of as our lab is more industry than research.
I look forward to any input that you all may have for me and thank you in advance!