The Neuroscience Program brings together more than 30 faculty whose research interests range from molecular to systems analysis, working to understand the form and function of the nervous system, with a particular emphasis on the synapse and glia-neuron interactions.
Faculty research interests are relevant for understanding neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, autism-spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, epilepsy and insomnias. The graduate course of study strongly emphasizes multidisciplinary training to prepare students for research careers in the complex field of neuroscience.
The administrative home of our program is the Department of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine.
The Neuroscience Program partners with The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine to offer Neuro at JAX, a track emphasizing Neuroscience and Neurogenetics. Students in this track benefit from strong collaborative interactions between faculty at Sackler and at The Jackson Laboratory and conduct their thesis research in Bar Harbor.
Our training is also promoted through the technical expertise and research facilities offered by the Tufts Center for Neuroscience Research, which provides access to cutting edge technical approaches to neuroscience.
The Program maintains an open, interactive, and intellectually stimulating learning environment, with a strong emphasis on individualized training plans and one-on-one mentoring. Program members interact informally on a daily basis and come together more formally at weekly seminars, neuroscience presentations, the annual neuroscience retreat and symposium, departmental parties, and the Sackler relays.
In addition to participating in a full range of Sackler School activities, Neuroscience students also actively contribute to a number of community outreach programs to enhance science education: they organize the Boston Regional Brain Bee, a component of the Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Week, serve as mentors for college students interested in research through the Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences Program.