The Neuroscience Program offers a degree tailored for a research career in the study of the brain and the nervous system. The program is based on the idea that neuroscience, broadly conceived, provides a fundamental framework for understanding the biological basis of behavior and the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Accordingly, our primary goal is to train students to be able to carry out meaningful and significant research in all areas of modern neuroscience, and to give them an appreciation of the importance of characterizing functional organization at all levels, from molecular and cellular structures, to local neural circuits and brain areas, to whole organisms and their behavior. This integrated approach to basic neuroscience research is key for understanding neurobehavioral pathologies and translating this information to the clinic.


The major areas of research of faculty and students in the Neuroscience Program include:

  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Behavioral and Systems Neurobiology
  • Development and Plasticity
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Neurological Disease and Aging
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Sensory Neurobiology

Program Highlights:

  • Approximately 90 faculty from 16 departments, providing wide opportunities for research specialization and collaborations
  • Exceptionally collegial research environment
  • Average years to PhD: 4.9 years
  • Average number of publications: 5
  • >95% of graduates obtain postdoctoral positions
  • Active outreach programs - Brain Awareness Council
  • Competitive Fellowship Stipend -higher than NIH national standard; Winston Salem has a relatively low cost of living, providing exceptional standard of living
  • Small incoming class of PhD students, Master's students, and MD/PhD students means more individual attention