Mark Zylka
Mark Zylka, PhD Director

Welcome to the Neuroscience Curriculum at UNC Chapel Hill. More than 250 students successfully completed PhD training in our curriculum over the years. Our alumni have outstanding positions in schools of medicine, university basic science departments, liberal arts colleges, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies, consulting firms, and in scientific publishing. We offer training across the breadth of basic and clinical neuroscience including use of state of the art methodologies to study nervous system function. Collegiality, collaboration and enhancement of personal career development are integral parts of all neuroscience curriculum educational and research activities. There are numerous community events including a weekly campus-wide neuroscience seminar, weekly research talks given by students, an annual symposium, and an annual student research retreat. Please browse the website and consider applying!



  • Jennifer Karin Ocasio Adorno Defended PhD Thesis on July 19

    On July 19th, Jennifer Karin Ocasio Adorno successfully defended her PhD Thesis: “Balancing growth: mechanisms underlying cerebellar development and medulloblastoma pathogenesis.” Mentor: Dr. Tim Gershon. Congratulations Jennifer!

  • Andrew Crowther Defended PhD Thesis on June 12

    On June 12th, Andrew Crowther successfully defended his PhD Thesis: “The role of the 5-HT1A receptor at the intersection of sex, stress, SSRIs, and stem cells.” Mentor: Dr. Juan Song. Congratulations Andrew!

  • Randall Ung Defended PhD Thesis on May 31

    On May 31st, Randall Ung successfully defended his PhD Thesis: “Neural Dynamic Adaptation of Extended Amygdala to Stress and Anxiety.” Mentor: Dr. Garret Stuber. Congratulations Randall!

  • Alexander Carlson Defended PhD Thesis on May 31

    On May 31st, Alexander Carlson successfully defended his PhD Thesis: “Infant Gut Microbiome Associated with Cognition, Fear Behavior, and Brain Structure.” Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer Santelli. Congratulations Alexander!