Stark Neurosciences Research Institute

Neurosciences Education Programs

The Medical Neuroscience program at Stark Neurosciences Research Institute provides training to prepare students for research and teaching careers in academic, institute, industrial or hospital settings. Programs include PhD graduate training as well as participation in the MSTP program and the Medical Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research program.

Faculty represent a broad spectrum of neuroscience interests including: (i) animal models of anxiety disorders, (ii) neurobiology and genetics of alcoholism and addictive behaviors, (iii) molecular mechanisms underlying pain syndromes, (iv) genetics of degenerative disorders, (v) signal transduction and receptor pharmacology, (vi) advanced brain imaging in animal models and humans, (vii) molecular genetics of psychiatric disorders, (viii) neuronal stem cell biology, (ix) neurobiology of motor and autonomic function, and (x) autism and neuroimmune disorders.

PhD Training

The Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program leads to a PhD. Students in Medical Neuroscience have the freedom to explore several research areas through three rotations in laboratories within the program and across programs during their first year.

Medical Scientist MD/PhD

Physician scientist students in the IU School of Medicine MD/PhD program can pursue a PhD through the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program offered by Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, where research focuses on translational research. Prospective MSTP students can contact the Stark Institute team to discuss research opportunities and facilitate placement in laboratory rotations.

Departmental Graduate Programs

In addition to the Graduate Program in Medical Neuroscience, a number of departmental graduate programs provide specialized neuroscience training within the context of degree requirements of their discipline. Stark Neurosciences Research Institute faculty participate in these graduate programs.