About the Program

The Neuroscience Graduate Program provides a comprehensive, research-intensive training experience for students seeking a Ph.D. degree in the study of the nervous system. The first year curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts that underlie contemporary neuroscience, from the molecular and cellular to systems level. Active learning is fostered through participation in the Neuroscience Journal Club and Student Seminar and through a series of laboratory rotations with faculty selected by the student.

At the end of the first year, students choose a Ph.D. degree track (Neuroscience or Neurobiology & Anatomy) and thesis advisor. Students spend the majority of their time in subsequent years developing and carrying out their dissertation research, attending seminars, and presenting their research at local, national, and international meetings.

Ph.D. Tracks

Two Ph.D. degree tracks accommodate different training and career goals.

Provides maximum flexibility for students to tailor advanced coursework to fit their individual education and research objectives
Neurobiology & Anatomy
Provides a comprehensive exposure to human physiology and anatomy or to medical neuroscience through participation in the medical school curriculum

Activities at a Glance


An all-day retreat for students, postdocs, and faculty from across the University who share an interest in neuroscience. The retreat, which is largely planned by students, features a keynote lecture by a world renowned neuroscientist and is held in the fall at the University’s Memorial Art Gallery. more info...


The program sponsors several special seminars each year that bring visiting neuroscientists from around the world to Rochester to present their latest research findings. more info...


Informal get-togethers held the 2nd Wednesday of each month providing free food and drink and the opportunity for students to discuss topics related to graduate education with the program director and other faculty.