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.

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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