The Graduate Program in Neuroscience brings together students from a variety of intellectual backgrounds -- including biology, computer science, chemistry, engineering, genetics, physics, and psychology -- who conduct interdisciplinary research to understand the fundamental principles of the nervous system.
Students entering the Neuroscience Program at Brandeis have opportunities to work in a range of fields, including cognitive neuroscience in humans, neurophysiology in behaving animals, the physiology and theory of synapses and networks, the structure and function of ion channels, and the neurogenetics of behavior. Brandeis has significant expertise in behavioral/cognitive neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, computational neuroscience and systems neuroscience (including the Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience), and developmental neuroscience.
Brandeis University is an exciting place for Neuroscience research because we have a highly interactive research culture, with many cross-lab interactions and collaborations. This interactive culture begins with the rotation program: all first-year PhD students perform rotations in 4 research labs, so upon choosing a PhD research lab each student will have established scientific and personal connections with at least 3 other labs. The many seminars and discussion groups (Cognitive Neuroscience Journal Club, Computational and Systems Neuroscience Journal Club, Molecular and Genetics Journal Club, Neuroscience Journal Club) allow a broad exposure to current topics and help to maintain the connections across laboratories. Neuroscience program laboratories are housed within the Volen Center, the Shapiro Science Center, and adjoining buildings, and this close proximity facilitates the high degree of collaboration and exchange for which Brandeis has become famous.
There are presently 24 Neuroscience faculty found in four participating departments (Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology, and Chemistry). There are today over 45 Neuroscience Program Ph.D. students, who often work side-by-side with Ph.D. students in the other Life Sciences graduate programs at Brandeis.
The Brandeis Life Sciences offers a M.S. program and a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience.