Education/Training Overview

Graduate Students

Most graduate student trainees in the Department of Neuroscience participate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. After successfully completing the Core Course, a student selects a mentor and begins his or her dissertation research.

Students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program are expected to participate in the Neuroscience Journal Club, which provides the opportunity to keep abreast of recent research results, sharpen critical acumen, and develop speaking skills. In addition, advanced students present their work in Work-In-Progress meetings.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program also offers a series of advanced graduate seminar courses, designed not only to provide knowledge about a given topic, but also to confer a detailed understanding of experimental procedures and to promote clear presentation of ideas and arguments.

Course topics include:

  • Developmental neurogenetics
  • Neurotransmission
  • Ion-channel function
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neurobiology of drug addiction and mental illness
  • Genetics of neurological diseases
  • Neural control of homeostasis
  • Neuronal circuits and behavior

For more information on the Neuroscience Graduate Program, please contact the graduate school at 214-633-0007 or by email at dbsinfo@utsouthwestern.edu.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdoctoral research in the Department of Neuroscience provides an excellent opportunity to learn new skills while studying cutting-edge problems. For instance, a researcher with a background in electrophysiology may end up working in behavioral studies, while a behavioralist may develop a focus in translational research. 

Interested postdoctoral researchers should contact individual faculty members directly.