Key Highlights of the Program

  • State-of-the-art technology that enables students to perform research at the cutting edges of clinical and basic neuroscience.
  • Innovative clinical rotation opportunities to learn about neurologic disorders
  • Highly collaborative and dynamic training environment
  • Attend engaging neuroscience seminar series and journal clubs to learn the latest discoveries and meet world-class neuroscientists
  • Program alumni enjoy careers in academic research, industry, higher education, academic and private medicine, government, and science writing


Admission Requirements

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For Admissions & Application Information 

Patricia L. Cameron, PhD
Vice Dean, The Graduate School

Aleesha Waller
Manager - Recruitment
& Admissions, The Graduate School

(706) 721- 3278


The Neuroscience program combines resources in clinical and basic neuroscience to teach psychiatric and neurological diseases, developmental neurobiology, sensory, motor and regulatory systems, cognitive neuroscience, and cellular and molecular neuroscience.  Over 25 neuroscientists participate in the interdisciplinary graduate neuroscience program to provide  research opportunities including neurological diseases, learning and memory, synaptic plasticity, stem cell research, neuronal migration, neuronal regeneration, receptor trafficking, vision, neuroendocrinology, and drugs of abuse.

Students are prepared for careers in academia, government, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry and more.  Graduates of the program have gone on to postdoctoral and faculty positions at prestigious universities such as the Mayo Clinic, Duke University, and Vanderbilt University.

We are proud of our students and invite more talented students to join our neuroscience community.


Lynette McCluskey, PhD  Program Director

"Neurologic diseases are becoming more prevalent as our population ages.  Our interdisciplinary faculty train students to perform cutting-edge fundamental and translational neuroscience research to meet such challenges.  Graduates enjoy careers in both traditional academic and non-traditional settings."    
Lynnette McCluskey, PhD 

Dr. McCluskey received her PhD from the University of Virginia where she studied neural-immune interactions in the taste system.  As a postdoctoral fellow at Brigham & Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School she trained in CNS neuroimmunology before moving to the Medical College of Georgia to establish a laboratory studying the taste-immune-axis.  Her research program developing this aspect of chemosensory biology was recognized by the Association for Chemoreception Sciences with the Ajinomoto Young Investigator in Gustation award and ongoing studies are funded by the National Institutes of Deafness & Communication Disorders.  Dr.  McCluskey directed the Molecular Medicine Graduate Program from 2009-2020 and was recently appointed director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience in 2020.  Her strong commitment to education over the past two decades was honored with the Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Service awards presented by the Graduate School.  Dr. McCluskey has mentored 6 PhD students, 4 of whom are now faculty members, 6 summer medical students, as well as dental and undergraduate students. 

Program Information

Lynnette McCluskey, PhD
Program Director

Deenie Cerasuolo
Program Administrator 
(706) 721- 0588

Student Profile | Luodan Yang


Loudan Yang

"My mentor, Dr. Quanguang Zhang, has been an amazing mentor. He encourages me to work and think independently but also provides me with helpful guidance. Laboratory training in Dr. Zhang’s lab has helped me develop necessary research skills including the ability to design experiments, propose a research project, prepare and submit grants.

 Meet Luodan Yang >>