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Neuroscience Graduate Program at UCSF


Welcome to the Neuroscience Graduate Program Website

Program Introduction

The University of California, San Francisco offers an interdisciplinary program for graduate training in neuroscience. The purpose of this program is to train doctoral students for independent research and teaching in neuroscience. Participation in Neuroscience Program activities does not require membership in the Neuroscience Program. The program welcomes attendance of all interested UCSF faculty, students and other trainees at its retreat, seminars and journal club.

Our program seeks to train students who will be expert in one particular approach to neuroscientific research, but will also have a strong general background in other areas of neuroscience and related disciplines. To achieve this objective, our students take interdisciplinary core and advanced courses in neuroscience, as well as related courses sponsored by other graduate programs. In addition, they carry out research under the supervision of faculty members in the program.

The faculty of the Neuroscience program are drawn from 15 basic science and clinical departments and three affiliated organized research institutes. At present the program includes 70 faculty members and 98 students.  Research interests encompass diverse areas ranging from molecules and cells to systems, cognition, and behavior.  Many of our faculty conduct basic research in areas important for understanding neurological disorders, including pain, addiction, degenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders.   Laboratories use a variety of different organisms for these studies, ranging from invertebrate genetic models to fish, birds, mice and other species of vertebrates.

The program tries to promote multi-disciplinary interactions in both research and teaching. To enhance interactions and knowledge, the program sponsors several activities open to all UCSF scientists, including an annual retreat, a weekly formal seminar series, a weekly journal club, and periodic symposia. The program also collaborates with other programs to sponsor activities of general interest that help advance the careers of our students and other trainees.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program is a member of a consortium of graduate programs, the Herbert W. Boyer Program in Biological Sciences (P.I.B.S.), providing students with access to exceptional faculty and resources for biological research. In addition to Neuroscience, P.I.B.S. consists of graduate programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Genetics.  All activities of P.I.B.S. programs, including seminars, journal clubs and retreats, are open to Neuroscience graduate students.  Neuroscience graduate students also have the option of completing rotations and theses in any of the more than 200 P.I.B.S. laboratories. PIBS Program Website

The Neuroscience Program Acknowledges Generous Support From the Following Entities:

Administrative Services:
Department of Physiology

General Financial Support:
Department of Anatomy
Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center
 Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction
UCSF School of Medicine
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Department of Neurological Surgery
Department of Neurology
Department of Psychiatry
UCSF School of Pharmacy
Gladstone Institutes

Seminar Support:
Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry
Department of Ophthalmology
Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology
W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neuroscience

Student Support:
Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center
Herbert W. Boyer Educational Endowment
Herbert W. Boyer Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS)
Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction
UCSF Chancellor’s Discretionary Funds
UCSF Graduate Division

Institutional Training Grants:
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Eye Institute

Individual Fellowship Awards:
National Science Foundation
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Autism Speaks Foundation
Genentech Foundation
Larry L. Hillblom Foundation
National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research
UCSF Chancellor



Seminar and Journal Club Schedules:

Neuroscience Formal Seminars

Neuroscience Journal Club

Neuroscience Admissions

Online Application

Neuroscience Courses

Courses for 2011-2012

Upcoming Events:

Neuroscience Formal Seminar

Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D.
Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
Director, RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics
Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, RIKEN Brain Science Institute

"Neural Circuit Genetics of Episodic Memory"

Monday, September 19, 2011
N-217, Parnassus
Simulcast to Rock Hall Auditorium, Mission Bay
Live Web Cast also available: http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ETS/Catalog/pages/catalog.aspx?catalogId=2ad22925-47fb-4f1b-b848-7b024b626b81
Host: Allison Doupe, 476-6446


The equipment to webcast is very old and sometimes breaks down. It you can't view the seminar online, contact Lucita Nacionales and she will send you a copy of the DVD when she receives it.

Neuroscience Journal Club

Friday, September 23, 2011
Rock Hall Auditorium, Mission Bay
Social time after talks

Alison Barker
Baier Lab
It's About Time! - Time Cells in the Hippocampus
MacDonald, Lepage., et. al.
Hippocampal Time Cells Bridge the Gap in Memory for Discontiguous Events
Neuron. 2011. 71:737-749
Faculty Coaches: Loren Frank and Nirao Shah

Jason Tien
Jan Lab
A Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel at Atomic Resolution
Payandeh, Scheuer., et. al.
The Crystal Structure of a Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel
Nature. 2011. 475:353-358
Faculty Coaches: Benjamin Cheyette and Julie Schnapf


Herbert W. Boyer Program in Biological Sciences

The Neuroscience Graduate Program administrative offices are located at
Mission Bay
Rock Hall
1550 4th Street
Room 484C

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last updated on 9/19/11