Applying to Our Program

Welcome

Our training program focuses on the interface of behavior and biological mechanisms. The broad spectrum of research expertise in genetic, cellular, molecular and systems neuroscience complements our expertise in behavioral neuroscience and provides our students with a unique environment to pursue their graduate training. We integrate our diverse interests through the highly collaborative structure and collegiality of our program.

Apply to our program

The deadline for applications for Fall 2021 admission is November 29, 2020.

We have one application period per year. For an interview opportunity, you should hear from us by early January 2021. Please contact us (BSNGradStudies@ohsu.edu), if you would like to check on the status of your application

Please review the policies on OHSU's Graduate Studies Admissions website prior to beginning the application process. The application opens on September 14, 2020. 

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university with an appropriate educational background in behavioral and biological sciences. Relevant coursework includes biochemistry, organic chemistry, physiology, neuroscience, anatomy, psychology, statistics, and computer programming. Applicants are encouraged to have completed at least two semesters/terms of chemistry prior to submittal of their application to our program.
  • Cumulative Grade Point (GPA) average of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grading system of A = 4 points; B = 3; C = 2; D = 1; F = 0) or its equivalent in other grading systems.
  • If English is not your first language, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.

Other Information

  • GRE scores are not required. However, if you have taken a GRE test and if the scores can help demonstrate your academic proficiency, feel free to submit your scores.
  • OHSU's Graduate Studies approves application fee waivers for applicants who are economically disadvantaged. Request a waiver by contacting somgrad@ohsu.edu before submitting your application.
  • Students admitted to our program can expect to be supported as graduate research assistants by a federally funded research training grant, by departmental funds, or by individual faculty research grants. For additional financial support information, see our PhD student stipend policy 2020-2021. 

Contact us

General Inquiries & Information
BSNGradStudies@ohsu.edu

Erica Hankins Regalo, Graduate Program Coordinator
hankiner@ohsu.edu
(503) 418-9462

Marina Guizzetti, Graduate Program Director
guizzett@ohsu.edu
(503) 220-8262 x58618

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      • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
      • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Systems Neuroscience
      • Working memory
      • high density neural recordings
      • optogenetics
      • neural oscillations
      • schizophrenia
      • Neural circuits
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
    • Areas of interest

      • Biological rhythms and health
      • Neuroendocrinology of sex differences
      • Sleep epidemiology
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • GABAergic neurosteroid modulation of ethanol drinking and ethanol withdrawal
      • The influence of steroid levels on brain function and behavior, with behavioral assessments using animal models of anxiety, depression, and seizure susceptibility
      • Neurochemical substrates underlying binge drinking and interaction with stress with a focus on sex differences
      • Use of genetic animal models to examine alcohol-related behaviors
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Animal models of alcohol and drug addiction
      • Stress response to chronic alcohol drinking
      • MRI imaging of brain circuitry
      • Advances in cognitive assessment of primate behavior
      • Behavioral pharmacology
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Glia
      • Astrocytes
      • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
      • Neuronal development
      • Extracellular matrix
      • Neurite outgrowth
      • Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor, Vollum Institute
      • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • neurotransmitter release
      • short-term synaptic plasticity
      • neural circuits
      • presynaptic calcium sensors
    • Appointments and titles

      • Associate Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Sleep
      • EEG
      • Traumatic brain injury
      • Post-traumatic stress disorder
      • Neurodegeneration
      • Alzheimer's
      • Autism
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
      • Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Determinants of risky and impulsive decision-making
      • Alcohol, nicotine and marijuana use
      • Neurobiology of choice
      • Behavioral genetics of impulsivity
      • Behavioral economics
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Behavioral genetics
      • Quantitative genetics
      • Alcohol
      • Methamphetamine
      • Addiction
      • Neuroscience
      • Stress
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Alcoholism and drug addiction
      • Stress-related neuropeptides
      • Social neurobiology of addiction
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
      • Sex differences in motivation and reward
      • Neurobiology of Addiction
      • Adolescent Development