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

Scientists Discover Combined Sensory Map for Heat, Humidity in Fly Brain

Northwestern University neuroscientists now can visualize how fruit flies sense and process humidity and temperature together through a “sensory map” within their brains, according to new research.

Exploring The Journey Of Discovery With Catherine Woolley

William Deering Professor Catherine Woolley highlights her journey to becoming a researcher in neurobiology.

Kozorovitskiy Lab Published in Neuron

A study from the Kozorovitskiy lab, led by Xiao, Lei, reveals and characterizes oxytocinergic projections from hypothalamus to midbrain dopaminergic regions. There, by different circuit and receptor mechanisms, oxytocin release biases dopamine neuron activity in opposite directions in the two functionally distinct types of dopamine neurons. This work places dopamine signaling under prominent control of a peptide neuromodulator that regulates social affect.

Professor Daniel Dombeck Selected as AT&T Research Fellow

Professor Daniel Dombeck selected as AT&T Research Fellow 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Professor Gallio's long term goal is to contribute to our understanding of how sensory stimuli are used to build an internal representation of the physical world, and how this representation is in turn processed into our actions and behaviors. Toward this goal, his laboratory studies how simple sensory stimuli (such as temperature, humidity, and “pain” signals), are represented and processed in the relatively simple brain of the fruit fly Drosophila. Using the fly as a model system is allowing them to study the basic principles of sensory processing, decision making and motivated behavior in an animal with only 100 thousand neurons, and taking advantage of a highly sophisticated experimental toolkit.