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Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Thomas Jefferson University's interdisciplinary PhD Program in Neuroscience, established by the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Farber Institute for Neurosciences in 2004, provides hands-on neuroscience training with internationally recognized scientists. Faculty from the Department of Neuroscience as well as from other basic science and clinical departments within Thomas Jefferson University provide classroom and laboratory training.

The interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience at Jefferson gives students the opportunity to acquaint themselves with a wide variety of research areas in neuroscience. In recognition of the diverse areas of interest and synergy with other disciplines, the program has a core curriculum of courses in neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.


These courses provide the student with a thorough background of the major issues in these areas as well as the modern experimental methods by which questions in these areas are investigated. As a trainee in a program faculty member's laboratory, a student pursues a scholarly research project.

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University is directed toward providing the student with: a) formal instruction in both the classroom and the laboratory, b) laboratory experience sufficient to pursue and develop a scholarly scientific research project, and c) the opportunity to serve as an instructor in order to acquire skills applicable to becoming an effective teacher. The graduate program provides sufficient flexibility so that graduating students can pursue a career in education, research in an academic setting or industry.

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In the News

Congratulations to Annika Barber, May's Student Spotlight feature in Biophysical Society!

Annika works in Dr Manuel Covarubias' lab, and is investigating how general anesthetics modulate voltage-gated cation channels.

Congratulations to David Ritter, laboratory of Dr. Manuel Covarrubias,  for receiving the Sigma-Xi-Grant-in-Aid Research award for his project, "Modulation of Pain Signaling by a Potassium Channel"

Congratulations to Subhasree Basu, laboratory of Dr. Sue Menko,  for receiving the Sigma-Xi-Grant-in-Aid Research award, the primary funding source of the National Academy of Sciences to study the role of autophagy in the removal of nuclei and cellular organelles from the ocular lens, a process essential for lens clarity

Congratulations to Emily Foran, who, in collaboration with Dr. Trotti, is awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31), for her submission of "Toxicity of a SUMOylated Fragment of the Glial Glutamate Transporter EAAT2 in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis"

Congratulations to Lori Cooper, who, in collaboration with Dr Merry, is awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award for her accepted proposal "The Role of the N/C Interaction of the androgen receptor in SBMA"

Congratulations to David Ritter, recipient of the Graduate Student Travel Award. David received the award for the scientific merit of his abstracts, his research and career goals, and submitted essay by the Society for Neuroscience

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