Faculty members in the neuroscience program are affiliated with the departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Human and Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology and Toxicology and Physiology and Biophysics. Investigators use a wide variety of state-of-the-art techniques to investigate topics whose scope ranges from the single molecule to integrated brain function.
Faculty members among the departments maintain active collaborations, a feature crucial in today’s world of the multidisciplinary approaches in neuroscience. Research questions often require a breadth of expertise and technical skills, both of which VCU is particularly proud to offer. Additionally, this cooperation is fostered by the fact that individual students’ advisory committees consist of members from multiple departments.
The goal of the doctoral program in neuroscience is to provide students with a core of knowledge of the basic structure and function of the central nervous system while allowing flexibility in the choice of their advisers, electives and areas of research specialization.