Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Neuroscience

Doctor of Philosophy With a Major In

  • State-of-the-art research tools that enables students to perform research at the cutting edges of clinical and basic neuroscience
  • Innovative clinical rotation opportunities
  • Highly collaborative and dynamic training environment
  • Interactions with physicians and patients to learn about neurological disorders
  • Attend engaging neuroscience seminar series and journal clubs to learn the latest discoveries and meet world-class neuroscientists


The primary mission of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience is to prepare students to create new knowledge that will reduce the burden of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The neuroscience curriculum provides an excellent translational understanding of the disorders of the nervous system that is integrated with fundamental basic neuroscience knowledge and discussions of current research.

Program faculty are leading basic and clinical neuroscientists from many different departments and units on campus, creating a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment, and providing a wide breadth of expertise. Faculty research is diverse and includes research into leading areas of neuroscience such as learning and memory, addiction, synaptic plasticity, developmental neurobiology, stem cell biology and therapy, glial biology, CNS control of energy balance, neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration, schizophrenia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and peripheral neuropathies.  The National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies support the research of our faculty.

Our graduate students have received predoctoral training grants, travel awards to scientific meetings, and local and national awards for research and academic excellence.

Students are prepared for careers in academia, government, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry and more.  Graduates of the program have gone on to postdoctoral and faculty positions at prestigious universities such as the Mayo Clinic, Duke University, and Vanderbilt University.

We are proud of our students and invite more talented students to join our neuroscience community.


We welcome students interested in learning about the brain and nervous system and using that knowledge to enhance public health and society.   


Lynette McClusky, Program Director for PhD In Neuroscience Program

"Neurologic diseases are becoming more prevalent as our population ages. Our interdisciplinary faculty train students to perform cutting-edge fundamental and translational neuroscience research to meet such challenges. Graduates enjoy careers in both traditional academic and non-traditional settings."
Lynnette McClusky, PhD