Harvard PhD Program In Neuroscience

Boston, MA
Program Description

The Harvard PhD Program in Neuroscience (known as PiN) spans the neuroscience community throughout Harvard University. The Program provides mentoring and advising to a close and supportive community of students who carry out PhD thesis research in laboratories in the Harvard Medical School Neurobiology department, in Harvard affiliated Hospitals, or in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Program students come from diverse scientific, personal and cultural backgrounds. More than 100 faculty members provide exciting and rigorous research training in all areas of neuroscience, and our 100+ students take full advantage of these opportunities.

We are dedicated to educating students so they develop as neuroscientists who will change science in the 21st Century and beyond. PiN provides training for neuroscience careers including academic research, science policy, biotech, pharmaceuticals, consulting, K-12 education, community education, science writing and outreach, “big data,” science policy and other developing fields. Attending graduate school at the Harvard Program in Neuroscience is a wonderful and inspiring experience.

Student and Faculty
Number of Faculty: 135 Number of Students: 113
Ethnicity Hispanic Percent: 5.00% Non-Hispanic Percent: 0.00%
Race Asian: 18.00% American Indian or Alaskan Native: 2.00% Black or African American: 3.00% White: 64.00% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:: 0.00%
Unique Program Features


Program Characteristics
Year Established: 1984 Type of Campus: Main Campus
Contact Info


Program Director
John A Assad, PhD
jassad@hms.harvard.edu (617) 432-2804


Research Areas