Graduate Training in Neuroscience at OHSU
The diversity of graduate training at OHSU in the neurosciences
The brain and the nervous system continue to serve as one of the most exciting frontiers in biological sciences, and one that will undoubtedly reveal surprises and breakthroughs for decades to come. Because of the complexity of the brain, both structurally and functionally, neuroscience remains a truly multidisciplinary endeavor. Thus those of us who call ourselves neuroscientists come from every possible STEM background including psychology, the biological subdisciplines (physiology, cell biology, genetics etc), mathematics and the physical sciences, as well as engineering.
The OHSU community has one of the largest groups of neuroscience faculty in the United States with more than 150 faculty covering the full range of relevant scientific and clinical disciplines, and thus incoming PhD students have a wide array of choices as they embark on a scientific career. Although multidisciplinary at every level, neuroscience has been traditionally divided by the level of organization from molecules and cells on up to circuits and systems, and then to behavior and cognition. To cover this vast range, incoming PhD students at OHSU have access to two options for training, the interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP), first developed in the Vollum Institute, and the Behavioral Neuroscience Program (BEHN) based in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience in the OHSU School of Medicine. Students have access to the full range of courses in both NGP and BEHN and many faculty serve as mentors in both. To see your options and learn about application procedures, follow these links to the options for PhD training in neuroscience, or contact us through the emails listed below. The annual application deadline is December 1st.