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The Advanced Concentration in Neuroscience is one of eight advanced concentrations leading to the Ph.D. degree under the auspices of the Graduate Program (BMS) in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Neuroscience is one of the most rapidly advancing disciplines in science. Graduate students in the University of Florida Neuroscience Concentration are mentored by faculty who are passionate about advancing our understanding of the normal and disordered nervous system using state-of-the-art technologies. Our program provides a fertile ground for trainees to develop original research that will contribute to the field and that is directly relevant to preserving brain health and combatting neural disease. As a neuroscience student at UF, you will receive broad interdisciplinary training that fosters independent critical thinking and develops problem-solving skills. Our program includes rigorous coursework, specialized seminar series, and explicit training in grant writing and other professional skills. Our trainees have extensive opportunities to present their research for UF colleagues and at national and international conferences. We prioritize our student’s career development, and through a partnership with UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, offer an array of unique training opportunities. In addition, the University of Florida Health Science Center hosts seven NIH-funded Training (T32) awards that offer specialized training across an array of neuroscience sub-specialities and opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary collaboration. By leveraging our enthusiastic mentors, and the ample resources and facilities within one of top public universities in the nation, our students have unique opportunities to excel nationally and be on the leading-edge of next generation of neuroscientists.
All students enrolled in the Neuroscience program will work towards obtaining a Ph.D. degree through the College of Medicine. Every student in the Neuroscience concentration is expected to have at least one published peer-reviewed, original research article pertaining directly to the student’s dissertation prior to graduating.
Meet Jennifer Bizon Ph.D., professor, and Joe Lebowitz, Ph.D. student, as they describe the opportunities available in this dynamic and growing field:
Program of Study
The Neuroscience curriculum is designed to complement the research interests of our graduate students. In the first semester, neuroscience students may choose between taking a core biomedical sciences course (BMS 6001) or beginning immediately in the neuroscience curriculum by taking Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS 6705). In addition to the neuroanatomy course, all students enrolled in the Neuroscience concentration are required to successfully complete (3.0 grade point or better) a minimum of one courses from List A (below). Each student must complete a total of 12 credits of advanced graduate course work.
Most students enrolled in the program complete their advanced course work by the end of the second year. Students may select their elective advanced courses from those offered by the Neuroscience department or from other doctoral programs. In some cases, students may choose to take courses offered by programs outside of the College of Medicine. Each student’s selection of courses must be approved by the student’s advisory/dissertation committee and a Neuroscience Concentration Coordinator. Finally, each student is required to participate in the Neuroscience Graduate Research Seminars (GMS 6792), the Neuroscience Department Seminars (GMS 7794), and one journal club each Fall and Spring semester starting in their second year. The topics of the journal clubs are tailored to the specific educational needs of our students and vary each semester.
Neuroscience core course
- Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS 6705) — 4 credit lecture course and associated 1 credit laboratory
List A. At least two of the following courses must be taken as a requirement for the Neuroscience Concentration:
- Principles of Neuroscience I – Organization & Development of the Nervous System (GMS 6021) — 2 credits
- Principles of Neuroscience II – Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (GMS 6022) — 3 credits
- Principles of Neuroscience III – Neuropharmacology & Its Clinical Application (GMS 6023) — 3 credits
List B. Courses required to be taken during the Spring & Fall semesters of Years 2 and beyond:
- Neuroscience Journal Club (GMS 6029)
- Neuroscience Graduate Research Seminar (GMS 6792)
- Neuroscience Department Seminar (GMS 7794)
The Faculty and their Research
Meet Habibeh Khoshbouei, Ph.D., and learn about her research on the neurotransmitter dopamine