Florida Atlantic University Neuroscience Graduate Program

Boca Raton, FL
Program Description

The hallmark of FAU’s Ph.D. Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) is breadth. The curriculum encourages students to sample multiple neuroscience research areas during lab rotations in their first-year, while working alongside world-renowned faculty in different Colleges, Departments and Institutes. The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute is comprised of more than 80 faculty members, and provides full support to incoming students during the first year, while they gain broad experience in research inquiry through curriculum options, laboratory rotations and seminars. FAU’s program partnerships with Max Planck Florida and the Scripps Research Institute add to this breadth, providing unique, multidisciplinary research opportunities that apply state-of-the-art technical approaches to the study of the nervous system. At FAU we believe that celebrating and valuing diversity and inclusivity generates innovative education, inspired curricula, high-quality research and general creativity, by establishing an environment in which all students can achieve their potential. In particular, the FAU Neuroscience Program provides students with:

  • A common first year curriculum that provides a solid foundation in the Neurosciences
  • Unique research rotation experiences in three chosen laboratories conducting work in a wide range of neuroscience focus areas including:
    • Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Neuroscience – neural plasticity, learning and memory, neurodegeneration, drug discovery, neurodevelopment, neurogenetics
    • Sensorimotor, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience – systems neuroscience, physiological mechanisms underlying behavior and mental processes, EEG recording and brain imaging of humans and animal models
    • Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience – mathematical multi-scale models of neural functions, dynamic properties of neural circuits, consciousness, machine learning
  • Choice of a final, “best fit” laboratory after rotations to pursue their interests and conduct their doctoral research.

Through local outreach events sponsored by the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute and the FAU Neuroscience Student Organization, Neuroscience Ph.D. Program trainees pursue their research programs while becoming connected to the community, yielding a deeper public understanding of our science, its challenges and how its applications can improve health and change lives.

Student and Faculty
Number of Faculty: 80 Number of Students: 30
Ethnicity Hispanic Percent: % Non-Hispanic Percent: %
Race Asian: % American Indian or Alaskan Native: % Black or African American: % White: % Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:: %
Unique Program Features
Program Characteristics
Year Established: 2017 Type of Campus: Main Campus
Contact Info

1(561)297-4989 lpetersen@fau.edu

Program Director
Randy D Blakely, PhD
rblakely@health.fau.edu 1(561)799-8100

Linda Petersen

Research Areas