The department invites pre- and postdoctoral trainees to become part of its vibrant and collaborative atmosphere. We offer training in diverse areas of neuroscience and developmental biology. As part of a larger neuroscience community, trainees have access to state-of-the-art technologies and facilities as well as leaders in diverse fields that are located across campus. The department also has a wide range of research opportunities for undergraduates and medical students.


Students interested in pursuing doctoral study in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy should apply to the Combined Program in Molecular Biology or the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience. Department faculty participate extensively in the courses and training activities offered by these programs. Students from both programs join a laboratory in the department in their second year, after completion of first year course work and lab rotations. Students from the Molecular Biology Program become departmental students and receive a PhD in Neurobiology and Anatomy, while neuroscience students remain in the Neuroscience Program and receive a PhD in Neuroscience. For more information see see the Graduate School website and the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Graduate Student Handbook for Pre-2016 or starting in the 2017 year.

Within the department, students and postdocs participate in a weekly mentored departmental Research-in-Progress series, a student/postdoc journal club, lunches with invited speakers, social activities, and career development activities. A graduate student’s stipend and health, dental, and vision insurance are paid by the graduate program during their first year and by a student’s advisor in subsequent years. Students may also obtain financial support through competitive training grants.  Funds for travel to scientific meetings and courses are available through the Tom Park Student Travel Award application.


The department fosters a strong training environment for postdoctoral scientists, as they learn and hone skills needed to transition to a career. By working closely with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the department promotes strong trainee-mentor relationships and is supportive of trainees considering any number of career pathways.

Postdoctoral fellows are fully integrated into the department and afforded opportunities to participate in mentored research talks, lunches with invited speakers, journal clubs, and social activities within the department, and career development activities through the Life Sciences Postdoc Association.

Interested postdocs should directly contact their laboratory of interest. Stipend and health insurance is subject to negotiation with the advisor. Postdocs may also obtain financial support through competitive training grants.