University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Worcester, MA
Program Description

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is interdepartmental, administered under the umbrella of the Department of Neurobiology. Participating faculty have primary appointments in fourteen departments, with the largest concentration of faculty coming from the Departments of Neurobiology and Neurology. The Program in Neuroscience offers a highly collaborative graduate experience with outstanding faculty. The 70 Program-affiliated faculty members have diverse interests that include cellular and molecular mechanisms of circuit development and plasticity, circuits underlying addiction and sleep, neurodevelopmental disorders, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation and repair (ALS, AD, ASD, HD, MS), genetic, circuit and neurochemical influences on behavior, and novel therapeutic approaches (e.g., gene therapy, oligonucleotides and CRISPR). Stipend support is at least $35,600 per year (AY22-23). All students are appointed as Research Assistants. All students receive a one-time transition bonus of at least $1,500, full tuition and fee waiver and are provided with health and dental insurance.

Admission is via the umbrella PhD program in Basic Biomedical Sciences. The degree awarded is a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Fall Year 1 is a shared Core Curriculum and rotations, then specialization and rotations in the Spring. Students select their Thesis Advisor and program by the end of year 1. UMMS has a world-class Center for Biomedical Career Development with exploration of a variety of career pathways as part of the curriculum.




Student and Faculty
Number of Faculty: 72 Number of Students: 34
Ethnicity Hispanic Percent: 8.00% Non-Hispanic Percent: 92.00%
Race Asian: 24.00% American Indian or Alaskan Native: 4.00% Black or African American: 8.00% White: 44.00% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:: 0.00%
Unique Program Features
  • We have a highly collaborative research environment, with outstanding faculty and infrastructure (core facilities).
  • All students are fully supported throughout their graduate education without needing to teach for their stipend (RA's), with tuition waiver and health insurance.
  • Multi-lab research teams are developing novel therapeutic approaches for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Many labs collaborate across fields and departments.
  • A major focus is on achievement in research. Formal classes are completed in the second year. Course of study.
  • UMass Chan Medical School is a free-standing medical school; faculty are not distracted by undergraduate teaching.
  • Located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Boston, the Atlantic Ocean and mountains all within an hour's drive.
  • Morningside School of Biomedical Sciences, PhD in Biomedical Sciences. 


Program Characteristics
Year Established: 1992 Type of Campus: Main Campus
Contact Info


Program Director
David R Weaver, PhD (508) 856-2495

David R Weaver, PhD (508) 856-2495

Research Areas