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The CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative allows doctoral students to receive training across traditional Ph.D. boundaries, preparing them for the increasingly interdisciplinary research taking place in neuroscience today. The collaborative includes programs in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Neuroscience (Biology), and Behavioral, Systems, and Cognitive Neuroscience (Psychology). The curriculum is interdisciplinary, taught by faculty from both Biology and Psychology and will provide a strong, common foundation in molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscience.


The integrated doctoral training program takes as its domain the organization and function of the nervous system at all levels, from its molecular, cellular and genetic foundation to its expression in behavioral and cognitive processes. Led by a distinguished faculty, students utilize a wide range of research methods to study neuronal function at levels from the analysis of membrane channel mechanisms, through the genetic control of development, to the study of sensory, motor, neuroendocrine, motivational, and cognitive systems. Training in neuroscience research utilizes the broad range and diversity of methods that characterizes contemporary neuroscience from genetic manipulations, through single-unit electrophysiology, to behavioral control and measurement and to neural imaging. Students will also be introduced to current developments in Translational Neuroscience: the application of basic research findings to the study of behavioral and mental disorders.

Individualized Curriculum

A unique feature of the training program is the development of an individualized, interdisciplinary training plan for each student, designed to reflect their specific research interests and provide the skills and knowledge required for completion of the Dissertation and entry into a rewarding professional career. In selecting research topics, students are encouraged to cross interdisciplinary lines, both with respect to research methods and problems.


Under the guidance of the student’s Advisory Committee, doctoral training will combine intensive research experience, basic and specialized courses and neuroscience seminars. Students will have the chance to interact with distinguished neuroscientists in regular Neuroscience Colloquia.