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Neurosciences

The Neurosciences Concentration at North Carolina State University is designed to prepare students for professional research and teaching careers in the area of neurobiology and to address animal and human health problems associated with the nervous system. Course work and laboratory research in the Neurosciences concentration emphasize studies on brain and behavior that span the range of molecular, cellular, tissue, and physiological aspects of the developing, adult, and aging central and peripheral nervous systems. Our faculty are spread across the university including the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Sciences, Engineering, and Agriculture and Life Sciences. Faculty are highly collaborative with expertise in developmental neurobiology, electrophysiology, neuroendocrinology, neurotoxicology, neurogenetics, and behavioral biology in both vertebrate and invertebrate model organisms. Ample collaborations exist with laboratories at UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and agencies within the Research Triangle Park. As a land-grant university North Carolina State University provides a unique biomedical research environment, which is enhanced through seminars, symposia, and interactive workshops. Graduate research assistantships are available to qualified students who are successfully admitted to the CBS graduate program. Neurosciences graduates are well positioned to compete for positions in universities, pharmaceutical companies, and governmental institutions.

For more information about our program please visit: https://research.ncsu.edu/neurosciences/

COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE PHD Neurosciences CONCENTRATION

  • CBS/BIO 705 Fundamentals of Neuroscience; Fall (3 credits)
  • CBS/BIO 805 Special Topics in Neuroscience; Spring (1 credit, minimum 3 credits total for doctoral students; minimum 2 credits total for master’s students)

ELECTIVE COURSES

Elective courses are selected by the student and mentor, and must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. Possible elective course include, but are not limited to, the following:

Biochemistry

BCH 701 Macromolecular Structure; Fall (3 credits)

BCH 703 Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation; Fall (3 credits)

Microbiology and immunology

MB 714 Microbial Metabolic Regulation; Fall (3 credits)

MB 718 Introductory Virology; Fall alternate odd years (3 credits)

MB/IMM 751 Immunology; Spring (3 credits)

IMM/TOX 705 Immunotoxicology; Spring (2 credits)

IMM/CBS 755 Immunoparasitology; Spring alternate years (2 credits)

IMM/PO 757 Comparative Immunology; Spring alternate odd years (3 credits)

IMM/CBS/MB 783 Adv. Immunology; Fall alternate years (3 credits)

IMM/CBS 816 Adv. Topics in Immunology; Fall and Spring (1 credits)

Comparative biomdeical sciences

CBS 770 Cell Biology; Spring (3 credits)

CBS 771 Cancer Biology; Fall (4 credits)

CBS 774 Epidemiol. of Inf. Dis. of International Importance; Fall alternate years

Molecular and cell biology

GN 701 Molecular Genetics; Fall (3 credits)

GN 702 Cellular and Developmental Genetics; Spring (3 credits)

GN 750 Developmental Genetics; Spring alternate years (3 credits)

GN/ST 756 Computations Molecular Evolution; Fall alternate years (3 credits)

GN/MB 758 Microbial Genetics & Genomics; Spring (3 credits)

GN/BCH 761 Adv. Molecular Biology of the Cell; Spring alternate years (3 credits)

GN/BCH 768 Nucleic Acids: Structure and Function; Spring alternate years (3 credits)

GN 810-xxx Special Topics in Genetics; Fall and Spring (1-6 credits)

BCH 705 Molecular Biology of the Cell; Spring (3 credits)

Statistics

ST 501 Fundamentals of Statistical Inference I; Fall & Summer (3 credits)

ST 701 Statistical Theory I; Fall (3 credits)

Techniques

BIT 815 Advanced Topics In Biotechnology; Summer (1-6 credits)

Name Email Concentrations Research Emphasis
Robert R.H. Anholt anholt@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Genetics; Toxicology & Environmental Health Sciences
Alper Bozkurt alper.bozkurt@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Bioelectronics Engineering (Including Bioinstrumentation, Biomechatronics, Biomimetic Systems)
Yevgeny Brudno ybrudno@ncsu.edu Neurosciences, Pharmacology The Brudno lab exploits cutting edge chemical, biomaterial and nanomedicine technologies to understand physiological responses during disease and regeneration and fulfill critical unmet needs in the clinic
Patricia A. Estes pat_estes@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Education and Public Outreach; Genetics; Integrative Physiology, Neuroscience & Behavior
Troy Ghashghaei troy_ghashghaei@ncsu.edu Cell Biology, Neurosciences Development and aging of the adult stem cells and their ependymal niche in the forebrain
John Godwin john_godwin@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Bioinformatics; Functional Genomics; Genetics; Integrative Physiology, Neuroscience & Behavior
He (Helen) Huang hhuang11@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Neural-machine interface, wearer-robot interaction, prosthetics and exoskeleton, human-machine symbiosis, rehabilitation engineering
Albert Keung ajkeung@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Synthetic Biology; Neural and Stem Cell Engineering, Bioengineering
David Lalush david_lalush@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Biomedical Imaging
Duncan Lascelles duncan_lascelles@ncsu.edu Cell Biology, Neurosciences, Pharmacology Development of algometry methods in spontaneous disease animal models
Elizabeth Lucas elucas2@ncsu.edu Cell Biology, Neurosciences Cell, circuit, and neuroendocrine basis of affective and memory disorders.
Christopher Mariani clmarian@ncsu.edu Immunology, Neurosciences Comparative neuroimmunology and neuro-oncology
Kurt Marsden kcmarsde@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Our research seeks to identify the connections between genes, neural circuits, and behavior
Chris McGahan chris_mcgahan@ncsu.edu Cell Biology, Neurosciences, Pharmacology Regulation of Fe metabolism in the eye, the involvement of Fe in cataract formation, mechanisms underlying post-surgical regrowth of lens tissue, uveitis, retinal physiology & pathology
John Meitzen jemeitze@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Concentration Leader Consequences of hormones and biological sex on striatal neurons
Santosh Mishra skmishra@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Cutaneous-Nerve Interactions for Pain and Itch
Karen Munana fmmowat@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Canine epilepsy- with focus on causes of refractory (poorly controlled) epilepsy and development of more effective treatments for dogs with seizures
Casey Nestor ccnestor@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Neuroendocrinology underlying the link between reproduction and energy homeostasis for puberty onset, steroid negative feedback, and food intake in sheep
Jun Ninomiya-Tsuji jun_tsuji@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Elucidation of the mechanisms of how TAK1 signaling regulates ROS and tissue homeostasis
Natasha Olby natasha_olby@ncsu.edu Cell Biology Concentration Leader, Neurosciences Focuses on naturally occurring canine diseases in the areas of spinal cord injury, neuropathic pain, neurodegenerative diseases and aging
Thierry Olivry thierry_olivry@ncsu.edu Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Neurosciences Investigating the pathogenesis and therapy of itch and atopic dermatitis in dogs
Heather Patisaul hbpatisa@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) alter neuroendocrine pathways in the brain related to sex specific physiology and behavior
Antonio Planchart ajplanch@ncsu.edu Cell Biology, Neurosciences Molecular biology of neural crest cells
Emilie Rissman e_rissman@ncsu.edu Neurosciences How estrogens modulate sex differences in the brain and behavior
Sabrina Robertson sedought@ncsu.edu Cell Biology, Neurosciences Mapping the connections and functions of all neurons in the brain
Adriana San-Miguel asanmiguel@ncsu.edu Neurosciences High-throughput, high-content imaging in C. elegans
Coby Schal coby@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Urban Entomology, Insect Behavior, Chemical Ecology, Insect Physiology
Leslie Sombers leslie_sombers@ncsu.edu Neurosciences Development of electroanalytical strategies for monitoring neurotransmitters in real time