Our program trains students to perform fundamental research in nearly all areas of neuroscience, from basic molecular biology through complex human neurological disorders. Our highly collaborative faculty share strong technology resources, ensuring that students will have the mentoring and equipment to pursue interdisciplinary projects. Additionally, clinical collaborations and mentored rotations in neurology clinics offer the opportunity for translational research. Neuroscience students take coursework in advanced neurobiology topics, and are also taught critical thinking, grant writing, and presentation skills. The Neuroscience program provides networking opportunities for students to interact with world class scientists from all over the world through weekly lunches with our seminar speakers and our annual Brain Aging Research Symposium. We are deeply committed to career development, and our broadly-trained PhD students are prepared to work in academia, government, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, and more.
The Neuroscience Program celebrates the strengths of people from diverse backgrounds and encourages those underrepresented in STEM to apply.
"Neuroscience RULES! End of quote."
Eric Vitriol, PhD
Dr. Vitriol received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, he developed light microscopy techniques to manipulate and visualize signaling pathways in living cells. As a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, Dr. Vitriol studied novel mechanisms of actin regulation in cell migration and neuronal development. He has continued this work in his independent faculty and is currently focused on how dysregulation of the actin cytoskeleton causes cellular toxicity in neurodegenerative disease. During his training, Dr. Vitriol was the recipient of F31, F32, and K99/R00 grants from the NIH and received the Emory Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Achievement Award. Dr. Vitriol has dedicated a large portion of his career to graduate training, serving as director of the Molecular Cell Biology program and a member of the admissions committee at the University of Florida; creating several graduate-level courses that emphasize critical thinking, grant writing, and presentation skills; sitting on fellowship grant review panels; and serving a three-year term as the faculty mentor for the graduate student-led Florida Translational Cell Biology Symposium.
"The faculty and student interactions are all so enjoyable. We are able to be comfortable and confident in a professional setting while still being able to make mistakes, ask questions, have fun, learn, and grow as scientists."
"My research area is neuronal reprogramming, which is a cutting-edge technology that facilitates potential treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.'"
Dr. Danielle Mor, Graduate Students, Julie Vincent and Nicole Johnson, use C. elegans to better understand Aging, Neurodegenerative Diseases, & the Microbiome. Both Julie Vincent and Nicole Johnson presented posters at the 2022 Society for Neuroscience conference.