PhD in Neuroscience

Our Neuroscience graduate program provides rigorous, multidisciplinary and highly collaborative training that emphasizes translational and transformative discoveries about the molecules, cells, circuits and behaviors that constitute nervous system function in health and disease.  Here you will find a world-class faculty spanning multiple Departments, Institutes and Centers who investigate brain structure and function in a variety of model systems (e.g. worms, flies, rodents, non-human primates), as well as the human brain itself, using sophisticated approaches that are at the forefront of technological and conceptual advances. Get additional information on admissions and how to apply.

"The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai announced today, that it will join a growing group of schools by “exiting the GRE” (#GRExit). The GRE is not a reliable predictor of success and scores are skewed based on sex, race and socioeconomic status of the test-takers. Requiring the test discriminates against subsets of applicants without the means of access to the often costly test preparation while, simultaneously, biases admissions outcomes in favor of those applicants who do. Discontinuing the GRE requirement is a critical step towards a more unbiased admissions process, but importantly, it is a necessary step to ensure diversity in Graduate School representation. We applaud schools that have joined us and encourage those who haven’t to do so."

-Marta Filizola, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Neuroscience explores the structure, function, and dysfunction of the nervous system. Our cutting-edge research integrates molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral analyses with innovative approaches to advance basic, translational and clinical neuroscience discoveries.

Our curriculum combines didactic coursework (including a course with direct patient contact) with the freedom to customize your learning experience both in the laboratory and through a wide choice of advanced elective courses. Electives are offered by departments, institutes, centers and other training areas throughout the Institution.

Students in the Neuroscience MTA are diverse, representing varied backgrounds and experiences.

These students publish their research extensively and in top-tier journals. 

Learn facts and figures about what makes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) a leader. Review data and background information about the School and our faculty, staff, and students. 

Meet Our Director

George W. Huntley, PhD, is a Professor of Neuroscience, with particular interest in development of cortical connectivity.

Meet Our Faculty
Meet the accomplished faculty members of the Neuroscience training area.

Our program leverages the close partnership between the Icahn School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System hospitals  to provide an extraordinary diversity of scientific and clinical strengths, fostered by close synergy across Departments, Centers and Institutes, including Neuroscience, The Friedman Brain Institute, The Brain Imaging Center, Psychiatry, Neurology, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, The Institute for Genetics and Multiscale Biology, Geriatrics, Neurosurgery, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, the Black Family Stem Cell Institute, Rehabilitation Medicine and others.

Our partnerships with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Stony Brook University School of Medicine facilitate drug discovery, drive inventions of advanced diagnostic tools and novel treatments and enhance educational opportunities.

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