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.

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 Co-Directors

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

Stephen Salton, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Geriatics and Palliative Medicine, with particular interest in mechanisms through which growth factors regulate nervous system development and function.

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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