An enduring role of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy continues to be its commitment to education at several levels within the University structure. This commitment includes extensive participatory and leadership roles in medical, graduate, and undergraduate curricula at the University of Rochester. Faculty in Neurobiology and Anatomy have received a continuous stream of awards for teaching and leadership efforts over the years, including a fifth of all Dean's Teaching Scholars Awards, and recurrent commendations and awards conveyed by students.

Ph.D. in Neurobiology & Anatomy

Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D. assists graduate student Maria Diehl with her research.

The Neurobiology and Anatomy Ph.D. is particularly well-suited to students in the joint M.D./Ph.D. program and to Ph.D. candidates interested in studying the function and dysfunction of the nervous system on a broader scale. The program of study extends the core curriculum into human neurobiology and disorders of the nervous system through participation in one of two medical school courses. The program is specifically directed towards preparing students for academic careers within a medical school setting, where teaching comprises an important component of the faculty mission, and where research interests include systems, integrative, and translational/clinical aspects of neural science. The track is available to students whose thesis advisor has a primary or secondary appointment in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy. Students completing the track are awarded a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Anatomy.

Academic Honors Program in Medical Neurobiology (MD-MS)

As part of a broad initiative to establish an academic track within the medical school curriculum, the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy offers an Academic Honors Program in Medical Neurobiology (MD-MS). This five-year Program adds an additional year of study, research and teaching experience to the medical curriculum, culminating in a Master's of Science Degree in Neurobiology and Anatomy that is conferred along with the MD degree upon graduation.

Medical Education

Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D. instructs students in the Anatomy Lab.

The Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy (NBA) is deeply committed to, and maintains extensive responsibilities in, the medical school curriculum through its participation in development and administrative functions as well as leadership roles in key courses. The newly implemented double-helix curriculum has integrated basic and clinical disciplines across all four years of study. NBA faculty have been instrumental in developing the new curriculum, formulating new programs and problem-based learning modules, and training of other faculty. NBA faculty continue to maintain leading as well as participatory roles, and cooperate with other departments in a variety of functions related to medical education. Our faculty lead and participate extensively in two major course structures:

  • Human Structure and Function (year 1; anatomy, histology, embryology and physiology)
  • Mind/Brain/Behavior (year 2; medical neurobiology).

These courses also maintain counterparts in the later years of the curriculum. Many faculty also participate in other course offerings within the double-helix curriculum.

In addition, NBA faculty participate in a variety of venues within clinical residency and fellowship programs, particularly those in Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Neurosurgery.

Undergraduate Education

Faculty members of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy contribute to undergraduate education at the University, particularly in the programs of Neuroscience, Brain & Cognitive Science, and Biomedical Engineering. This includes leadership roles within the latter, reflecting an important strength and joint commitment between the two departments in the area of Neuro-Engineering.