CMBN header image. Examples of data from neuroscience research.

Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN)



Welcome to the Center for
Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience
at Rutgers University - Newark

Our Ph.D. program is now accepting applications for fall 2022. Learn more

Our Mission

Our brains determine who we are; how we see, hear, and smell, how we move, touch, and talk, how we remember and forget, how we feel, expect, and plan. The mission of the CMBN is to advance understanding of the brain’s structure and function through excellence in neuroscience research and training.

Our researchers pursue this goal through an integrative approach that cuts across the boundaries of traditional disciplines. They combine molecular, electrophysiological, neurochemical, anatomical, imaging, behavioral, and neuropsychological methods to analyze how the brain works, develops, interacts with the environment, and is modified by experience in health and disease. CMBN is also committed to serving the academic and surrounding Newark communities through educational outreach, community service, and research internship programs that train undergraduate and high school students.

Currently, twelve core research teams explore the frontiers of neuroscience across a range of topics including neuroplasticity, development, language, neurodegenerative diseases, visual perception, fear and anxiety, motivation, learning and memory. These studies help us understand the healthy brain, but also a number of disorders of the brain such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, Huntington’s, Tourette’s, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. 


Graduate training in Neuroscience

In the Behavioral and Neural Sciences Graduate program, students perform independent research culminating in a Ph.D. in neuroscience. The program’s goal is to prepare students for positions in academic, biomedical, data science, and industrial research settings. All students receive tuition and a generous stipend, regardless of nationality. Outstanding candidates will be considered for the prestigious Rutgers Presidential Fellowship.


Juan Mena Segovia

Juan Mena Segovia

Associate Professor

Laszlo Zaborszky

Laszlo Zaborszky

Distinguished Professor

Joan Morrell

Joan Morrell

Distinguished Professor Emerita