The Department of Neurobiology is home to neuroscientists who study how the brain develops and functions, focusing on diverse topics including sensory and motor systems, biological rhythms, learning and memory, and the neurobiology of disease. The Department employs state-of-the-art techniques in molecular neurogenetics, optical and electron imaging, cellular electrophysiology, and in vivo recording methods to manipulate and monitor the activity of neural circuits in a wide range of animal models. As one of the first neuroscience departments housed in a college of arts and sciences, the Department is credited with establishing innovative educational programs and achieving widely-acclaimed scientific advances at the interface between molecular biology, physiology, and behavior.
Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field, receiving awards from many distinguished foundations, including the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the W. M. Keck Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Searle Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Faculty members regularly publish in such prominent journals as Nature, Science, The Journal of Neuroscience, and Neuron.
Students participate in research at the undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. levels, and our faculty is recognized for its teaching excellence.