The Neuroscience Graduate Program
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Application Deadlines:

2019-2020 academic year

The deadline for Ph.D. applications is 12/1/18

The M.S. application deadline is rolling through 5/1/19

About the Life Sciences at Brandeis

Brandeis is a leader in research in the life sciences. A major study of higher education, 'The Rise of American Research Universities' by Graham and Diamond, ranked Brandeis first among the eleven rising research universities identified. The majority of the life sciences research at Brandeis is conducted in laboratories affiliated with the two interdepartmental research centers on campus: the Volen National Center for Complex Systems, which focuses primarily on neuroscience; and the Rosenstiel Basic Biomedical Research Center, which focuses on structural biology, molecular genetics, and immunology. The centers also house the W. M. Keck Institute for Cellular Visualization and The Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology.

The strong culture of cross-disciplinary research at Brandeis is illustrated by the fact that roughly half of the total sciences faculty are housed in one of these centers rather than in a traditional departmental building and by the numerous research collaborations, journal clubs, courses, and other activities that span departmental boundaries.

The Neuroscience Community

Members of the Neuroscience community at Brandeis work in three broad areas:

  • cellular, molecular, and developmental neuroscience
  • computational and systems neuroscience
  • behavioral and cognitive neuroscience

The faculty webpage for Neuroscience will provide more detailed information regarding the research interests and work of the Neuroscience faculty.

Areas of particular strength include computational neuroscience, neurogenetics, neuromodulation of ion channels and neural circuits, synaptic physiology, dynamics of cortical networks, and interdisciplinary studies of plasticity and memory.

Neuroscience Ph.D. students become expert in their particular area of research as well as obtaining a broad view of the whole field. To promote a breadth of knowledge and understanding, students do laboratory rotations in a variety of sub-disciplines, meet weekly with other students and faculty in the Neurobiology Journal Club, and attend seminars by and meet with eminent visiting scientists.




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