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!



  • 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!

  • Veronica Murphy Defended PhD Thesis on May 8

    On May 8th, Veronica Murphy successfully defended her PhD Thesis: “Early Brain Development in Children at Risk for Schizophrenia.” Mentor: Dr. John Gilmore. Congratulations Veronica!

  • Daniel Bloodgood Defended PhD Thesis on May 3

    On May 3rd, Daniel Bloodgood successfully defended his PhD Thesis: “Dissecting the Role of Amygdala Circuits in the Control of Fear Extinction and Excessive Alcohol Drinking.” Mentor: Dr. Tom Kash. Congratulations Daniel!