Academic Programs

BA in Neuroscience

A rigorous undergraduate major providing opportunities to study neuroscience from genes to neural activity to complex human behavior.

MS in Neurobiology

One-year MS Program focused on independent, hands-on research and coursework.

Ph.D. in Neuroscience (NUIN)

Interdisciplinary program with numerous and diverse foci of research excellence. Emphasis in clinical and basic research.

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (IBiS)

IBiS trains outstanding students to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary research in a broad spectrum of disciplines.

News & Events

Indira Raman's Collaborative Research on Understanding the Human Mind

An unlikely partnership sheds new light not only on how signals move in the brain, but also on knowledge, language, and the very nature of the mind.

Professor Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy Recieves NIH High Priority, Short-Term Project Award (R56)

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, received an award from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH).

Northwestern Professor Asks, ‘What Makes Our Internal Clocks Tick?’

Professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology, Ravi Allada, speaks on WTTW's program, Chicago Tonight, about circadian rhythm.

How Messing With Our Biological Clock Impacts Well-Being

Professor Fred Turek discusses what happens to the general well-being of individuals who go against their own natural biological clocks.

Kainate receptors are ionotropic glutamate receptors that modulate neuronal excitability and synaptic signaling. They also have been implicated in early developmental processes that include shaping appropriate neuronal connectivity and synaptic strength, but this aspect of their function remains to be elucidated to the same degree as their actions in mature CNS circuits. Understanding how kainate receptors shape brain development is a critical objective because children with variants in GRIK2, the gene encoding the GluK2 KAR subunit, suffer from a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, without apparent neurodegeneration. The research I will discuss is centered on understanding how de novo mutations in kainate receptor genes lead to neurodevelopmental disorders.