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.
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
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