The Neuroscience Training Program offers maximal flexibility while adhering to the highest standards of excellence and rigor in graduate education. To achieve that goal, the Graduate School of Biological Science recently launched an independent Ph.D. granting program in the Neurosciences, that has been approved by NYU and the New York State Department of Education. This program provides for multiple curricula leading to the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, tailored to the individual students' background, interests, and career goals.
The doctoral program in the Neurosciences provides students with advanced training in Systems and Organizational Neuroscience, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, and Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. Individual neurons and the molecules they synthesize are studied, circuits connecting groups of neurons and regions of the nervous system are examined, and the function of the nervous system in the organism as a whole is investigated, both in the classroom and in the laboratory.
Varied laboratory opportunities at Icahn School of Medicine take advantage of particular strengths in translational neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, aging and neurodegeneration, mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disease, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, cognitive neuroscience, memory, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging, vision, vestibular function, neuropathology, sensory signal transduction, neural and neuroendocrine receptor signaling, and synaptic and behavioral plasticity. Here the function of the nervous system is studied in diverse model systems, from 'simple' invertebrates such as the sea snail Aplysia, the fruit fly, or the worm C. elegans, all the way to complex vertebrates including nonhuman primates and humans.
Students are exposed to an exciting curriculum taught by a nationally and internationally recognized faculty, and a laboratory experience that builds on expertise in basic neurobiology, translational neuroscience and clinical neurology, all uniquely 'interfaced' with one another due to close apposition of clinical and basic research at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine. By this interdisciplinary approach, the Ph.D. program in the Neurosciences provides trainees with the essential tools to assume productive, independent careers in research, education, industry, and/or clinical settings.
Stephen R.J. Salton, MD, PhD is Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. His research focuses on the mechanisms of action of neurotrophic growth factors, including NGF and BDNF, in the nervous system.
George W. Huntley, PhD is Professor in Neuroscience. His research focuses on molecules and mechanisms that guide development and plasticity of cerebral cortex.
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