Program Description

The University of Iowa has a long tradition as a leading center for study of the nervous system and behavior, and for the training of graduate students in this area. The curriculum is designed to provide a multidisciplinary foundation in the conceptual and methodological approaches to study of the nervous system, emphasizing original, independent student research.

Program Director, Daniel Tranel, PhD, discusses what makes the University of Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program unique.

The Neuroscience Program at the University of Iowa offers:

Broad research opportunities with particular strength in areas including:

  • Neuropsychological and neuroanatomical correlates of complex human behavior
  • Functional brain imaging
  • Auditory neuroscience
  • Neurophysiology of ion channels, synaptic function and plasticity
  • Neurobiology of learning and memory
  • Neurodegenerative diseases; epilepsy
  • Neurobiology of stress
  • Genetic and epigenetic basis of behavior
  • Aging mind and brain
  • Neural control of cardiovascular, metabolic, and respiratory functions
  • Model systems: mouse, fly, worm, zebrafish
  • Over 80 faculty members from four colleges

Flexible curriculum

  • The curriculum for the Neuroscience Program is designed around a two-track system. Specifically, students can select and specialize in one of two offered tracks: molecular/cellular or cognitive/behavioral
  • Average time to degree is five years after entering the program

Teaching experience

  • Opportunities are available for students to organize and present lectures and seminars, and assist in laboratory instruction of undergraduate and health professions students

Full financial support

  • All qualified applicants will receive tuition scholarships plus a yearly stipend

State-of-the-art facilities

  • The University of Iowa provides modern laboratory, classroom, and seminar facilities



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