Neuroscience Doctoral Program

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Areas of Research

  • Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neuropathology & Toxicology
  • Sensation, Perception & Cognition


The Neuroscience Doctoral Program calls upon the collaborative efforts of several disciplines. Neuroscience is a dynamic and rapidly growing field devoted to the study of the central and peripheral nervous system in health and disease. During the past two decades, a group of eminent scientists with research interests in many areas of neuroscience has been assembled in the basic science and clinical department of the Medical College of Wisconsin. These individuals—who have an impressive record of pre doctoral training, research and extramural funding in the neurosciences—form the core faculty for this doctoral training program. The research of the neuroscience faculty include functional, biochemical, cellular and molecular approaches to questions of fundamental importance. Students who plan a career in neuroscience research are encouraged to apply.

The program offers a first year core curriculum that includes graduate courses, research experiences in the laboratories of the Neuroscience Faculty, a Neuroscience Journal Club for students and faculty and a seminar series. After completion of the first year, it is expected that students will be eligible to select a dissertation mentor and will transfer into the appropriate basic science degree-granting department or institute.

During the subsequent years of study, emphasis is place on advanced training in selected areas of neuroscience in conjunction with dissertation research in a problem of current importance in the neurosciences. Throughout the course of study, students interact with a large number of faculty engages in high-quality research in the neurosciences.
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