http://biomed.med.miami.edu/graduate-programs/neuroscience

Overview

The Neuroscience Graduate Program, established in 1992, is an interdisciplinary / interdepartmental PhD program designed to guide trainees through the process of acquiring the research skills and the intellectual rigor needed to become independent professional neuroscientists. The program achieves these goals through coursework, journal clubs, dissertation research committee guidance, and outstanding faculty mentorship. The program also provides multiple annual forums for students to showcase their own research and learn from international research leaders.

More than 80 participating faculty are located in several departments and schools on three UM campuses including Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics, and Genetics on the Medical campus. From the Coral Gables campus, we have faculty from Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Psychology, as well as several clinical departments such as Medicine,  Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Psychiatry. In addition, we have faculty from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

Neuroscience faculty pursue a wide variety of research interests, including cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in signal transduction, gene expression in electrically excitable cells, synapse formation, neuronal growth and survival, integrative neuroscience, neuroimmunology, stroke, neuronal regeneration, autonomic control, brain metabolism and cerebral blood flow, spinal cord and brain injuries, degenerative changes within specific neural pathways in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, ALS, and genetic analysis of neurological disorders.

Contact Information

Nirupa Chaudhari, PhD Graduate Program Director
Adrianne Rondon, Interim Senior Program Coordinator

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building, Suite 1128
1600 NW 10th Avenue, M857
Miami, FL 33136

neuroscience@miami.edu
305 243 3368

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Neuroscience Program is through the common umbrella of (PIBS) Programs in the Biomedical Sciences, for all biomedical PhD programs. 

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Course of Study

Graduate training is the major goal of the program, with emphasis on cellular, molecular, and genetic approaches to Neuroscience. A single core curriculum provides the didactic scaffold of the program. This curriculum consists of courses in Developmental Neuroscience Membrane Biophysics, Introductory Neuroscience, Neural Systems, and Neuroanatomy. The core courses are supplemented with a variety of Special Topics Short Courses. Students also attend research seminars and a scientific journal club. The Neuroscience Steering Committee guides the students, overseeing their coursework, until they have passed their qualifying exams. From then on, their progress is supervised by individually tailored dissertation committees.

To be eligible to receive the PhD, students are required to complete a minimum of 60 (sixty) credit hours, including at least 36 required graduate course credits and 24 credits of dissertation research.  Typically, at least 18 of the 36 credits for coursework will be in NEU courses.

Required Courses in Neuroscience

NEU 700Seminars in Neuroscience1
NEU 721Principles of Membrane Physiology and Biophysics I2
NEU 722Principles of Membrane Physiology and Biophysics II2
NEU 731Advanced Topics in Neuroscience1
NEU 761NEU I - Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience2
NEU 762NEU II - Systems Neuroscience4
NEU 763Developmental Neuroscience2
NEU 797Neuroanatomy3
Total Credit Hours17

Program Plan

Please note that the following is only a sample curriculum plan. Current students must discuss their plan with their program director to make adjustments as needed. It is the student's responsibility to contact the program to verify the information.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
PIB 701 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 5
PIB 702 Scientific Reasoning 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 2
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 780 Research Ethics 1
PIB 782 Professional Development: Skills for Success I 1
 Credit Hours13
Spring
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 1
PIB 783 Professional Development: Skills for Success II 1
NEU 721 Principles of Membrane Physiology and Biophysics I 2
PIB 705 Biostatistics for the Biosciences 3
NEU 722 Principles of Membrane Physiology and Biophysics II 2
NEU 761 NEU I - Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience 2
NEU 763 Developmental Neuroscience 2
 Credit Hours14
Summer
NEU 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Two
Fall
NEU 700 Seminars in Neuroscience 1
NEU 797 Neuroanatomy 3
NEU 762 NEU II - Systems Neuroscience 4
NEU 830 Doctoral Dissertation 3
 Credit Hours11
Spring
NEU 700 Seminars in Neuroscience 1
NEU 830 Doctoral Dissertation 3
 Credit Hours4
Summer
NEU 830 Doctoral Dissertation 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Three
Fall
NEU 700 Seminars in Neuroscience 1
NEU 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 3
 Credit Hours4
Spring
NEU 700 Seminars in Neuroscience 1
NEU 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 3
 Credit Hours4
Summer
NEU 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Four
Fall
NEU 700 Seminars in Neuroscience 1
NEU 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 3
 Credit Hours4
Spring
NEU 700 Seminars in Neuroscience 1
NEU 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 3
 Credit Hours4
Summer
NEU 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Five
Fall
NEU 700 Seminars in Neuroscience 1
NEU 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 3
 Credit Hours4
Spring
NEU 700 Seminars in Neuroscience 1
NEU 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 3
 Credit Hours4
Summer
NEU 850 Research in Residence 1
 Credit Hours1
 Total Credit Hours77

NEU 700. Seminars in Neuroscience. 1 Credit Hour.

Required each Fall and Spring for all NEU students, emphasizes student research presentations (30 min each for 2nd year students; 60 min each for student 3rd year on). Attendance at neuroscience related seminars is also required.
Requisite: Neuroscience.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

NEU 720. Research in Residence. 0 Credit Hours.

Used to establish research in residence for the thesis for the master's degree after the student has enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in Master's Thesis (usually six credits). Credit not granted. May be regarded as full time residence.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

NEU 721. Principles of Membrane Physiology and Biophysics I. 2 Credit Hours.

Course discusses chemical and physical structure of membranes, model systems, permeability and transport, membrane potential, ionic channels, excitability in nerve and muscle, ionophores, active transport, and membrane receptors. Identical with MCP 641.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

NEU 722. Principles of Membrane Physiology and Biophysics II. 2 Credit Hours.

Course topics include osmosis and cell volume, tracer analysis of permeability and compartmentation, theory of channels and carriers, cable properties, Hodgkin-Huxley formalism, Na, K, and Ca ion channels, regulation of cellular Na, Ca activities, single-channel analysis, chemical synapses, membrane receptors, cell junctions, excitation and E-C coupling in muscle. Identical with MCP 642.
Prerequisite: NEU 721.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

NEU 731. Advanced Topics in Neuroscience. 1 Credit Hour.


Requisite: Neuroscience.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

NEU 750. Modeling CNS injury and Repair. 1 Credit Hour.

This course provides an overview of a number of complex modeling systems using in CNS Injury and Repair biomedical research. The course examines models, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, ischemic/stroke injury, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model of multiple sclerosis, axon regeneration in retinal nerve and spinal cord, and drosophila models of degeneration. The course will consist of both lectures and hands-on laboratory components. Elective
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

NEU 761. NEU I - Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. 2 Credit Hours.


Requisite: Neuroscience.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

NEU 762. NEU II - Systems Neuroscience. 4 Credit Hours.


Requisite: Neuroscience.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

NEU 763. Developmental Neuroscience. 2 Credit Hours.

This course will explore nervous system development from early neural induction and neurogenesis to the construction of neural circuits. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurulation and CNS patterning, neural progenitor migration, neural crest and ectodermal placodes, programmed cell death, construction of neural circuits and axon guidance, and synaptogenesis will be covered
Requisite: Neuroscience.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

NEU 797. Neuroanatomy. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to teach functional neuroanatomy to individuals engaged in basic neuroscience research. Therefore, most of the emphasis will be placed upon gross anatomy, identification of pathways and circuits, and a description of the physiological functions of neuroanatomical systems. To the extent that it may help to explain functional aspects of the nervous system, each lecture will contain some clinical examples and/or case histories. An important feature of each class period will be a laboratory segment in which the student will study human and sheep brains, examine models of the brain, and use internet neuroanatomy websites containing pictures, text, clinical examples, and 3-dimensional rotations of the nervous system
Requisite: Neuroscience.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

NEU 810. Master's Thesis. 1-12 Credit Hours.


Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

NEU 830. Doctoral Dissertation. 1-12 Credit Hours.

Required for all PhD students before passing the Qualifying Examination. The student will enroll for credits as determined by the Program Office, but no more than a total of 6 credits.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

NEU 840. Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy. 1-12 Credit Hours.

Required for all PhD students before passing the Qualifying Examination. The student will enroll for credits as determined by the Program Office, but no more than a total of 6 credits.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall.

NEU 850. Research in Residence. 1 Credit Hour.

Students register in the semester they plan to submit their dissertation to the Graduate School.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.