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.

Our Disciplines

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

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.

Our Students

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

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Our Directors & Faculty

Meet Our Director
George W. Huntley, PhD, is a Professor of Neuroscience. His laboratory studies development and plasticity of cortical and subcortical connectivity, with a focus on the cells, circuits and molecules that guide synaptic circuit formation in health and disease.

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

Our Learning Environment

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.

Our commitment to a safe work environment, The Friedman Brain Institute has instituted a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any sort. We encourage people of all genders and ranks to notify the leadership of any misconduct. Knowing that this may be difficult for some, this form is anonymous. If you wish to receive a response to any of your comments, please send us your name and email address here.

Mission Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our goal is to support highly innovative research in basic and translational neuroscience by creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment that empowers all members of our community to contribute to scientific discovery. Our goal is to generate an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment that fosters creativity to fully understand nervous system function and develop therapies and cures for nervous system disease. We commit to listening to and learning from the many diverse voices of our community in order to remove barriers to opportunities and success while promoting equality for everyone.

Anti-Racism Statement

We denounce all forms of racism and bias endemic in our society. Bias, as well as structural and overt racism, negatively impact our trainees, staff and faculty, and prevent us from reaching our full potential. We pledge that:

  • All our faculty, trainees, and staff will become educated to recognize and combat racism.
  • We will continue to build partnerships with local and underserved communities to provide opportunities and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in science and medicine.
  • We will actively listen to and respect, support, as well as advocate for our trainees, faculty and staff who have been subject to racism and bias, including those that are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We will work to increase their representation, demand equitable treatment and opportunities, and actively report our progress.
  • We will work to end racial inequality within our department and among the greater community represented by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.