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Neuroscience Graduate Programs

The Center for Neuroscience and Behavior serves as a hub for neuroscience research at Miami University. Graduate students affiliated with the center conduct research in a variety of graduate training programs, most commonly through programs offered by the Department of Biology or the Department of Psychology.

Biology, M.S. and Ph.D.

Students applying to the Department of Biology work with faculty conducting studies primarily at the cellular and molecular levels. Neuroscience research in the Department of Biology includes:

  • neural oscillations and circuits
  • neuroendocrine signaling and energy balance
  • plasticity following neural injury
  • developmental neurobiology
  • properties of neural membranes

Graduate students have opportunities to gain experience in behavioral, molecular, electrophysiological, and anatomical approaches to the study of the nervous system.

Neuroscience lab

Psychology, Ph.D.

Students interested in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience apply to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychology. Neuroscience research in the Department of Psychology includes:

  • rodent models of psychiatric disorders
  • genetic and pharmacological studies of brain function
  • model-based cognitive neuroscience
  • studies of executive function, emotion, and motivation

Faculty in the program utilize a diverse set of methodological approaches including a number of cutting-edge technologies to monitor neural activity in humans (EEG and fNIRS) and to monitor and manipulate brain circuitry in vivo using animal models.

Neuroscience lab