Curriculum

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Overview

Neuroscientists require multi-faceted training opportunities to ensure career success. The Neuroscience Program curriculum, thus, includes components specifically designed to help students incorporate cutting-edge experimental approaches in their biomedical thesis projects, develop in-depth critical reasoning, hone written and oral communication skills, work effectively in teams, and quantitatively evaluate and analyze data. Sackler's association with Tufts University School of Medicine provides an excellent opportunity for translational thesis research and interactions with clinicians. Additionally, our Center for Neuroscience Research (CNR) core facilities provide access to equipment and expert training in electrophysiology, imaging, gene expression, and animal behavior analyses.

More information about the curriculum and specific courses can be found in the Sackler Catalog.  download pdf

Our curriculum is made up of several different components designed to provide the range of training experiences needed by doctoral trainees.

  • Didactic general lecture courses provide students with the key information on which to build their neuroscience knowledge base;
  • Small group specialty courses introduce students to state-of-the-art concepts in neuroscience sub-disciplines;
  • Faculty-student tutorials provide students with one-on-one interactions with faculty in a specified area of expertise;
  • Techniques workshops expose students to a variety of general and cutting-edge experimental methods used in neuroscience research;
  • Thesis research

In addition, students participate in journal club, graduate seminar, career path seminars, and have the opportunity for mentored teaching experiences during their time in the program. A rich menu of community-based support activities are also provided.

 

Contact Information

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Thomas Biederer, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Arnold 209
Phone: 617-636-3796
Fax: 617-636-2413

Health Science Campus

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The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.

Synapse Neurobiology Program

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The Synapse Neurobiology Training Program is an important aspect of training in Neuroscience at Sackler.

Apply to the Sackler School

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research