Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Houston, TX
Program Description
The goal is to train doctoral students for independent research and teaching in careers in neuroscience. We aim to provide all students with a solid foundation in brain function analysis as well as intensive focus for their dissertation research area with interactive mentoring between several labs.
Student and Faculty
Number of Faculty: 66 Number of Students: 72
Ethnicity Hispanic Percent: 5.00% Non-Hispanic Percent: 0.00%
Race Asian: 42.00% American Indian or Alaskan Native: 0.00% Black or African American: 5.00% White: 48.00% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:: 0.00%
Unique Program Features

Be part of the next frontier in biomedical science:  Understanding the human brain


Our program provides students with a broad background in modern neuroscience while encouraging them to think deeply about their specialized area of dissertation research. Coursework exposes students to the multidisciplinary nature of this field, covering molecular genetics, cellular biology, electrophysiology, biophysics, behavior, and computation.  More than 65 program faculty drawn from both basic science and clinical departments participate in Neuroscience training at BCM.  Our state-of-the-art resources include the Core for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the Memory and Brain Research Center, the Center for Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence and the Bioengineering Core.   The program is well supported financially, with BCM ranking among the top five for NIH funding in neuroscience.

  1. Ranked among top 5 in the nation for neuroscience funding from the National Institutes of Health
  2. Broad curriculum prepares students for a dynamic future in neuroscience
  3. Diverse faculty offer training opportunities in all major areas of neuroscience
  4. Collaborative research environment fosters multi-disciplinary research
  5. Located in the heart of Texas at the largest medical center in the world
  6. State-of-the-art resources based in the department include the largest MRI neuroimaging research facility in the U.S, a well-supported Bioengineering Core for bespoke fabrication, and shared equipment (2-photon microscope, qPCR, etc.) free to all departmental users
  7. Supported by a competitive NIH training grant T32 GM008507 for Graduate Training in Neuroscience
  8. Annual two-day research conference in Galveston, Texas
  9. $1,000 travel award available to students for meetings and external training
  10. Average time to Ph.D. degree 6.1 years


Program Characteristics
Year Established: 1989 Type of Campus:
Contact Info

Program Director
Matthew N Rasband, PhD (713) 798-4494

Wanda Kubeczka (713)798-7270

Research Areas