Stark Neurosciences Research Institute


Neurosciences Education Programs

The Medical Neuroscience program provides training to prepare students for research and teaching careers in academic, institute, industrial or hospital settings. The participating 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.

Admission to the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute graduate program is through a common open enrollment / gateway system called the Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program at IU School of Medicine. The IBMG provides a shared first-year experience for all School of Medicine biomedical science pre-doctoral (PhD program) students. 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. The open-enrollment curriculum enhances the community of graduate students by offering a shared collaborative culture, a vital component of today’s inter-disciplinary nature of biomedical science research.

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.

PhD Specialty Programs