Thesis Committees


Neuroscience students select their thesis adviser upon completion of four laboratory rotations at the end of May of the first year.

At the beginning of the second year, all Neuroscience graduate students form a thesis committee to guide the student’s research direction and methodological approach. Thesis committees are initially composed of at least three members of the Neuroscience program faculty, including the thesis mentor. Prior to the student’s defense of dissertation (and typically during the final year of the thesis project), an external examiner with expertise in the student’s thesis area is added to the thesis committee. The external committee member participates in the student’s Defense of Dissertation.

Students meet with the thesis committee at least twice each year, once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester. The committee provides feedback using the Sackler School Basic Science Thesis Advisory Committee Evaluation Form.  Note that this form is not intended to contain the actual Thesis Committee Report. See the pdf linked below for guidelines on the thesis committee report.

Basic Science Thesis Advisory Committee Evaluation form weblink

Guidelines for Preparing the Thesis Committee Report may be found in the Program Guide weblink

Contact Information









Thomas Biederer, PhD
Program Director

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

Synapse Neurobiology Program


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

Center for Neuroscience Research


The CNR provides state-of-the-art approaches to contemporary problems in neuroscience.
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Apply to the Sackler School


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