Neuroscience (NEU)




The doctoral program in the Neurosciences provides students with advanced training at all levels of investigation, from molecules to circuits to behavior. Emphasis is on the basic and translational neurobiology of major developmental, neurological and psychiatric illnesses, and leverages the strong and integrative partnerships between the Hospital and the School of Medicine. Laboratory opportunities at Icahn School of Medicine take advantage of particular strengths in translational neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, aging and neurodegeneration, mechanisms of

addiction, depression and other neuropsychiatric diseases, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, cognitive neuroscience, memory, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging, vision, vestibular function, neuropathology, sensory signal transduction, neural and neuroendocrine receptor signaling, and synaptic and behavioral plasticity. The function of the nervous system is studied in diverse model systems, from 'simple' invertebrates such as the sea snail Aplysia, the fruit fly, or the worm C. elegans, all the way to complex vertebrates including nonhuman primates and humans.

Students are exposed to an exciting curriculum taught by a nationally and internationally recognized faculty. Required Core coursework is completed in the first year and includes a course with direct patient contact. Laboratory experience builds on expertise in basic neurobiology, translational neuroscience and clinical neurology and psychiatry, all uniquely integrated with one another due to close apposition of clinical and basic research at The Mount Sinai Hospital and the ISMMS. By this interdisciplinary approach, the PhD program in the Neurosciences provides trainees with the essential tools to assume productive, independent careers in research, education, industry, and/or clinical settings.


The goal of the Neuroscience (NEU) training program is to provide a broad, integrative background in the neurosciences, covering molecules, cells, circuits, systems and behaviors, while simultaneously enabling students to pursue focused, multidisciplinary research in basic, translational and clinical neuroscience to address developmental, neurological or psychiatric disorders of the nervous system.

Program Director

George W. Huntley, PhD


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