Master of Science in Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus address: Norman Hackerman Building Building (NHB) 2.504, phone (512) 471-3640, fax (512) 471-0390; campus mail code: C7000

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Neuroscience, 100 E 24th Street Stop C7000, Austin TX 78712



Facilities for Graduate Work

The Institute for Neuroscience offers excellent opportunities for multidisciplinary graduate study in the neurosciences. Facilities include those maintained by the participating programs in the Colleges of Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Education, Communication, and in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Institutional support, training grants, and federal and state grants to investigators in the institute provide stipends and support research. Faculty members throughout the institute participate in interdisciplinary seminars, two semester-long broadly based neuroscience courses and multiple topically oriented neuroscience courses. The goal of the institute is to train students to employ multidisciplinary approaches in their careers in neuroscience research and teaching. Toward this end, the faculty seeks to provide a diverse, cohesive, and interactive atmosphere and a flexible curriculum that meets the needs of each individual.

Areas of Study

Neuroscience encompasses behavioral, systems, cellular, molecular, and computational approaches to understanding the nervous system. The faculty use a wide variety of state-of-the-art techniques for their studies, including functional magnetic and optical imaging, various behavioral analyses of animals and humans, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, molecular and cellular biophysics, cellular- and systems-level neurophysiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, and various types of computer modeling. The research-intensive environment emphasizes multidisciplinary investigations. The program offers students both a sound education in neuroscience and a broad research experience.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2017.

Lawrence D Abraham
Seema Agarwala
Richard W Aldrich
Greg Allen
Nigel S Atkinson
Chandrajit L Bajaj
Dana H Ballard
Jennifer S Beer
Adela Ben-Yakar
George D Bittner
James Booth
Alan C Bovik
Darrin H Brager
Audrey C Brumback
Craig A Champlin
Bharath Chandrasekaran
Jessica A Church-Lang
Laura Lee Colgin
Lawrence K Cormack
Yvon Delville
Ming-Chieh Ding
Juan M Dominguez
Michael P Domjan
Michael Drew
Andrew K Dunn
Christine L Duvauchelle
Johann K Eberhart
Ila P Fiete
Wilson S Geisler III
Nace L Golding
Rueben A Gonzales
F Gonzalez-Lima
Andrea C Gore
Robbe L Goris
Lisa Griffin
Andreana P Haley
Kristen M Harris
R A Harris
Mary M Hayhoe
Maya L Henry
Johann Hofmann
Mackenzie A Howard
Alexander C Huk
Jody L Jensen
Daniel Johnston
Theresa A Jones
Robert A Josephs
Hongjoo J Lee
Jarrod Alan Lewis-Peacock
Elizabeth Thomas Cox Lippard
Michela Marinelli
Michael Mauk
Esther Melamed
Robert Messing
S J Mihic
Risto P Miikkulainen
Marie H Monfils
Hitoshi Morikawa
Richard A Morrisett
Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay
Ian Michael Nauhaus
Hiroshi Nishiyama
David Paydarfar
Steven M Phelps
Jonathan T Pierce-Shimomura
Martin Poenie
George D Pollak
Alison R Preston
Nicholas J Priebe
Michael J Ryan
Timothy J Schallert
David M Schnyer
Eyal Seidemann
Jason B Shear
D M Snodderly
Stephen M Strakowski
James Samuel Sulzer
Thibaud Olivier Taillefumier
Harold H Zakon
Boris Zemelman

Admission Requirements

The requirements of the Graduate School for admission into a Doctor of Philosophy degree program must be met. However, the qualifications of most admitted applicants exceed these minimum requirements. All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, usually in a biological science, chemistry, computer science, experimental psychology, pharmacy, or engineering. Undergraduate preparation should include one year of chemistry, one year of biology, mathematics through calculus, and courses in psychology and physics. However, students without some of these prerequisites may be admitted on the condition that they make up any deficiencies during their first two years of study.