Offered by CMBN

Cole Yarkoni 2012

A multidisciplinary and integrative approach to neuroscience.

This program trains students for scientific research careers in neuroscience and prepares students to take positions in academic, medical and industrial research settings. Our focus is on multidisciplinary training of students across the domains of neuroscience. Students are trained to conduct independent research and to present and discuss research ideas and results both orally and in written form. Students also gain experience in both undergraduate and graduate teaching. All students receive stipends in the form of fellowships or research/ teaching assistantships.

The program benefits from the active participation of the graduate faculties of Rutgers University-Newark from the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN), the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Psychology. Thanks to this broad participation, the program offers training across a wide range of Neuroscience sub fields.

The complete list of BNS faculty members, including their contact information and links to the faculty member’s websites, is available here.

Curriculum Topics:
  • Cellular and molecular neurobiology: appreciating the diversity of neurons and glia that comprise the nervous system as well as the molecular signals that they employ to communicate with each other.
  • Developmental neuroscience: investigating how and why the nervous system develops and functions as it does, at genetic, molecular, cellular and behavioral levels.
  • Cognitive neuroscience: understanding the basic neuronal mechanisms underlying adaptive behavior in animals and humans, including higher cognitive functions such as language, emotions, and cognition.
  • Computational neuroscience: using mathematical tools and computer simulations to understand the computational principles underling brain organization and function.
  • Neuroendocrinology: how hormones affect the regulation of behaviors such as autonomic functions, stress, motivation, feeding and maternal instincts.
  • Neuroimmunology: how the immune system affects the nervous system in health and disease and how the nervous system affects the immune system.
  • Systems neuroscience: how the coordinated activity of neurons within neural circuits regulate behavior.
  • Neurobiology of disease: seeks to understand the origins of neurological and psychiatric disorders and to develop new therapeutics to treat and prevent diseases and dysfunctions of the brain and nerves, including congenital and acquired brain diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and brain and spinal cord injuries.

CMBN facility at Life Sciences center

Research rotations, and active learning.

Starting in year one, students do semester-long research rotations laboratories of one or more faculty members to learn about different aspects of neuroscience research. Dissertation research can also be completed under the supervision of more than one faculty member, to broaden student training.

The course curriculum has been developed to bring students with diverse backgrounds (neuroscience, psychology, mathematics, engineering) up to speed on the topics they will need for their research projects. Most classes involve extensive discussions with faculty, hands-on learning, critical thinking, and scientific writing.