Emphasizing cellular and systems neurobiology and cell biology
The graduate program emphasizes training leading to the Ph.D. degree, with an emphasis in cellular and systems neurobiology as well as cell biology.
Specific areas of research include:
- Axonal transport
- Neural development
- Neuroplasticity and regeneration
- Vestibular and cochlear physiology and functional anatomy
- Ion channel regulation
- Neuroendocrine control of behavior
- Functional interactions of plasma membrane with cytoskeletal elements
Students are expected to have a clear desire to enter a research career, and the training program provides an intensive experience in fundamental research, with frequent opportunities to demonstrate appropriate forward progress. A wide range of advanced courses in neuroscience and cell biology, which prepare the student to take advantage of the rapidly changing face of science, is offered during the second year. The combined M.D./Ph.D. program, for students interested in an academically oriented medical center, is structured to provide students with a wide range of choices in research and flexibility in designing the sequence of course work and research.