The Department faculty are committed to training leaders of the next generation of neuroscientists. Candidates for the Ph.D. in Neurobiology are admitted to the graduate Program in Neuroscience. This interdepartmental training program links the Department of Neurobiology with faculty in the Harvard affiliated hospitals and with faculty in other basic science departments. The Program, established in 1981, now includes about 90 investigators who participate in the training of Ph.D. candidates. Approximately fifteen students are accepted each year so that the steady state enrollment is usually about 80-90. This Program in Neuroscience attracts superb students with a broad range of interests from all areas of the globe.
The goals of our training are to produce scientists who have explored one area and one level of analysis in great depth, but who are familiar with the full scope of neuroscience. They should be able to move from one level to another in a critical and creative manner. We also try to develop an appreciation for translational research that bears on human brain disease.
During the first one and a half to two years, Ph.D. students select from a series of graduate level courses.