Welcome to the Vollum Institute/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program
Founded in 1992, the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU has 47 predoctoral students and more than 140 faculty in a broad range of subdisciplines. The program is intended for students planning a career in academic or industry research, but we encourage student to explore the career path that matches their ambitions and expertise. The program is particularly strong in cellular neuroscience, neuronal signaling, gene regulation, biophysics of channels and transporters, sensory systems, and neuroendocrinology with increasing strength in developmental neuroscience and disease-oriented neuroscience research. Faculty members are located within research institutes at OHSU including the Vollum Institute, the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), Oregon Hearing Research Center, Jungers Center and the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET); as well as the basic and clinical departments in the OHSU School of Medicine.
Congratulations to Vollum Institute scientist and NGP Faculty member, John Williams, on the 2013 OHSU Teaching Excellence in Graduate Education Award. This honor is awarded by OHSU graduate students through student nomination and voting. Congratulations, John!
Isabelle Baconguis, 2012 NGP Alumna, has received an NIH Director's Early Independence Award. This program supports "exceptional students who have the intellect, innovation, drive, and maturity to flourish independently without the need for traditional postdoctoral training." Thirty-one candidates were selected as finalists for this award, based on the quality of the graduate work, training environment, and potential as an independent investigator. Isabelle's proposal received high praise from the reviewers which speaks highly about the NGP, her training with Eric Gouaux, her project on ENaC structure, and, most importantly, Isabelle's potential as an independent investigator. Congratulations, Isabelle!
Jason Christie, 2004 NGP Alumnus, scores first grant awarded by the National institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the NIH. This NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01) is for $2.1 million over a 5 year period. The project will focus on dissecting mechanisms driving axonal transmission and how disruption of these processes will impact the understanding of neurological disorders and the development of therapies. Dr. Christie is a Research Group Leader at the Max Plank Institute for Neuroscience in Florida.