The PhD Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at Thomas Jefferson University provides high-level scholarly scientific training to qualified individuals interested in pursuing diverse careers to research, foster, disseminate and facilitate an in-depth understanding of the nervous system under normal and pathological conditions. Sydney Kimmel Medical College faculty from the Department of Neuroscience and other basic science and clinical departments train students in a breadth of topical areas in basic and translational neuroscience. The curriculum of study includes neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology, and requires completion of a research thesis under the tutelage of internationally recognized GPN faculty. A flexible program and multidisciplinary faculty prepare students to pursue professions in diverse fields, including education, research in academia and industry, and consulting.
The laboratories of GPN faculty are housed in modern research buildings that are fully equipped to investigate cellular, molecular, behavioral, and clinical neuroscience. These laboratories have active, extramurally funded research programs in a variety of areas. Individual laboratories and collaborative research cores provide contemporary methods in neuroscience, including recombinant DNA technology and microarray analysis, protein biochemistry, mitochondrial bioenergetics, cell/tissue/organotypic culture, electrophysiology, behavioral suites, animal facilities, computer modeling/analysis, systems biology and bioinformatics, fMRI, electron microscopy, and state of the art cell imaging facilities.
The Thomas Jefferson University student community totals over 2,000 students, including those enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, which currently has over 600 students including 130 full-time PhD candidates. Other university students are enrolled in the College of Health Professions and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Cross-department/college student organizations such as the Graduate Student Association provide a number of events, career seminars, cultural activities, and recreational opportunities. The student body is well connected and diverse with members from across the country and around the world attending many events throughout the year. Many students live in affordable housing on campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. Additional information about Philadelphia’s center city and greater center city can be found at VisitPhilly and PhillyNeighborhoods.