Research in the Department of Neuroscience emphasizes quantitative studies of the nervous system. Our research spans the full spectrum of investigation into neural function and dysfunction, bridging the levels of genes, molecules, dendrites, axons, cell types, circuits, systems, and behavior. Approaches used are richly diverse and include biophysics, viral transfection, optogenetics, electrophysiology, morphological reconstruction, multiphoton imaging, in vivo recordings, behavioral paradigms, neuroprosthetics, computational analysis, and more. Common threads in our richly diverse research programs are multi-level, interdisciplinary, innovative, and highly collaborative approaches to pursuing high-impact neuroscience research. A wide range of model organisms, cell types, and neural systems are well represented. Many different disease models are studied. For trainees the department's resources offer an exceptionally vibrant and exciting learning environment.

Areas of Research

Our experts are conducting research in the following fields:


Meet Our Partners

Explore the department's affiliated centers.

Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment

The center aims to support interdisciplinary scientific collaborations that will help us better understand the biological bases of autism and related neurodevelopment disorders.
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Center for Translational Pain Research

The center aims to expand our understanding of the mechanisms of pain to develop new, non-opioid treatments for managing and relieving acute and chronic pain conditions.

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Behavioral Phenotyping Core

Learn how we support research to determine the behavioral effects of genetic manipulations, potential pharmaceuticals, aging and other manipulations upon normal behavior.


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