Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience (BSN) Graduate Program

Graduate Program Mission Statement

The OHSU Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience graduate program has a long-standing commitment to educating a diverse next generation of behavioral and systems neuroscientists and physician-scientists, so that they can conduct high-quality research that enhances our understanding of brain-behavior relationships and improves human health and well-being. The program also has a commitment to provide trainees with the ability to disseminate their research to the community of science and the community at large. Research areas of focus range from the study of molecular processes to the study of complex behavior across several neurodevelopmental stages. Emphasis is placed on understanding the independent and interacting roles of genes, neural circuits, and the environment in determining behavior, with the long-term goal of creating new knowledge that will aid in the prevention, detection and treatment of disorders and diseases of the nervous system impacting motivation, mood and cognition. Areas of excellence include research on the neurobiology of addiction, mental health disorders, and cognition.  

Graduate Program Values Statement

The Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience graduate program is committed to ensuring that all individuals present within the training environment are treated with dignity and respect. We understand that diversity enriches and improves the quality of research and ideas, and creates an environment conducive to the development of novel, innovative solutions. We recognize that a diverse body should be present in all levels of the graduate program to promote the inclusion of diverse voices which might otherwise be silenced. We are committed individually and as a graduate program to learning and growing so that we might continue to improve the ways in which we support diversity and respect, promote a welcoming environment, and abolish inequalities in all aspects of our program.

Program Guidelines

OHSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010, and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU.

Contact us

General Inquiries & Information

Matt Lattal, Graduate Program Director