The Curriculum in Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a broadly-based interdisciplinary graduate training program in the neurosciences. With 80 active faculty, strong research funding, and a long and successful training history, the Curriculum ranks among the best programs in the country.
Our program has 70 primary faculty members who can serve as dissertation advisors. Research opportunities in the Curriculum are supported by the presence of an active neuroscience community at UNC-Chapel Hill. This community includes members of every basic science department in the School of Medicine, members of many clinical departments, as well as several departments in the Arts and Sciences. University research and clinical Centers with a neuroscience component also contribute to the vibrant and active community that makes Neurobiology a major intellectual focus at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The Neurobiology Curriculum has an average of 55 students at different levels of training at any given time; typically 5-8 students are accepted each year depending on available funding. Students in the Curriculum are supported during their first 1-2 years by a long-standing training grant funded through NINDS and NIMH, and in subsequent years by either their mentor's research grants or individual fellowships. The average time to graduation is 5.3 years.
Neuroscience is by its very nature an interdisciplinary endeavor, and at UNC-Chapel Hill the Curriculum in Neurobiology provides a broadly structured training curriculum and research environment that spans the range from genetic studies of the nervous system through the complexities of human cognitive function