Elucidating the mechanisms underlying brain function.


  • Faculty are highly collaborative with many joint research projects with other faculty on campus and throughout the country.
  • Neuroscience faculty provide one of the largest influxes of research funds on campus.
  • The group represents one of the largest concentration of scientists studying the fields of learning and memory and alcohol addiction in the country.

The Department of Neuroscience faculty study molecular, cellular, behavioral, and computational neuroscience, with the goals of elucidating the mechanisms underlying brain function and providing a deeper understanding of brain disease and cognitive disorders. Research programs investigate areas including learning and memory, addiction, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Down syndrome, and epilepsy.


474 Undergraduate (in various degree programs) (Fall 2013)
48 affiliated Graduate (Fall 2013)


27 faculty
1 member of the National Academy of Sciences
6 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships
3 McKnight Foundation Awards
2 Searle Scholars Awards
2 Whitehall Foundation Awards
1 Presidential Early Career Award
1 Kavli Fellow
7 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards


Alzheimer’s Disease / Behavioral Neuroscience / Cognition & Perception / Computational & Theoretical Neuroscience / Epilepsy / Depression / Functional & Molecular Imaging / Ion Channels / Neurotransmitter Receptors / Learning and Memory / Neural Development & Plasticity / Neurobiology of Addiction / Neurodegenerative Disease & Injury / Neuroendocrinology / Neurogenetics / Parkinson’s Disease / Schizophrenia / Synaptic Biology & Small Circuits / Systems & Integrative Neuroscience

Affiliated Centers & Institutes

Center for Computational Visualization
Center for Learning and Memory
Center for Perceptual Systems
Imaging Research Center
Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
Institute for Neuroscience
Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research