Vollum Institute/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program

Now celebrating 20 years, the Vollum Institute/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) provides outstanding, multidisciplinary training in neuroscience in one of the best-recognized neuroscience programs in the United States. Our graduates are distributed at top research institutions throughout the world, and the success of our faculty ensures that graduates have ready access to their next step – be it postdoctoral fellowships in academia or industry, or other science-related careers.

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.

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Kateri head shotCongratulations to Kateri Spinelli, PhD, NGP alumnus, who was recently selected as a Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Fellow! During this one-year program, Kateri will continue doing research full time in her post-doctoral position at OHSU, but will also work to advocate locally and promote public dialogue around neuroscience research. The goal is for young scientists to become effective advocates for science, and SfN will provide tools and training to fellows to develop communication skills that enhance public engagement in neuroscience. All fellows will have the opportunity to attend SfN Capitol Hill Day in March, where they will interact with policy makers to convey the importance of funding neuroscience research. Over the year, Kateri plans to partner with the OHSU Brain Institute and the Oregon chapter of SfN to share with other scientists what she learned at Hill Day, and to engage the public in local neuroscience news, including exciting advances in research and policy/funding decisions that effect neuroscience at OHSU.

thumbnail_williams-john_1Congratulations 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!

baconguis-isabelle_vollumIsabelle 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 headshot croppedJason 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.

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