Neuroscience Graduate Program - Overview


Neuroscience Graduate Program Information

Neuroscience is one of the most rapidly advancing fields of scientific research today. Integrated interdisciplinary research approaches incorporating molecular and cellular neurobiology as well as behavioral and theoretical studies underlie the most significant research advances.

A wide variety of experimental approaches are represented in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Brown University. In addition, a Graduate Partnership Program (GPP) between Brown University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) further enhances the diversity of research opportunities for students. Collectively, faculty trainers employ a myriad of modern technologies such as:

  • structural NMR
  • genetic engineering
  • electrophysiology
  • molecular and cellular biology methods
  • two-photon microscopy
  • high-dimensional simultaneous microelectrode recording
  • behavioral neurophysiology
  • psychophysical and behavioral analysis
  • functional MRI
  • mathematical modeling of neural systems
  • computer stimulation of neural systems
  • brain-machine interfaces

Students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Brown University analyze current and classic literature, acquire technical expertise during various laboratory experiences and rotations, and develop essential communications skills. Students also participate in weekly lab meetings, journal clubs, research seminars, clinical seminars, and skills workshops. To earn the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience, students must pass all required coursework with a grade of “B” or higher, pass the Comprehensive Examinations, design and defend a thesis topic (Preliminary Exam), and complete and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation.