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 Neurobiology Graduate Training at Duke


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Putative medium spiny neuron in the nucleus accumbens with activity inhibited both by feeding (A) and in slow wave sleep (B).  From Tellez LA., Perez IO,. Simon SA and Gutierrez R. (2012)

The Graduate Program in Neurobiology at Duke is an interdepartmental program for students to pursue the PhD degree. Our mission is to train future leaders in the field of Neurobiology. Our 42 faculty mentors have homes in 13 departments: Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Bioengineering, Biology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesia, Neurology, Pediatrics, Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Radiology, Surgery, and Psychology and Neuroscience.

The Neurobiology program is oriented towards questions of the structure and function of brain cells and the brain. Companion programs with somewhat different emphases include: the Cognitive Neuroscience Training Program and the Systems and Integrative Neuroscience Program. Students should apply to the program that best fits their long-term research interests and professional goals. The research interests of the training faculty may provide the most useful information about the best fit for each individual student. 


Upcoming events

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Ruth K. Broad Foundation Seminar Series on Neurobiology and Disease
103 Bryan Bldg, noon – 1:00 pm
David Anderson, PhD
California Institute of Technology
"Neurobiology and evolution of sex & violence"

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, The Lawrence C. Katz Lab Alumni Lecture
103 Bryan Bldg, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Adi Mizrahi, PhD
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"The Young and the Restless - Adult Neurogenesis in the Mouse Olfactory Bulb"

Thursday, May 1, 2014, The Lawrence C. Katz Memorial Prize Lecture
103 Bryan Bldg, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Karel Svoboda, PhD
Janelia Farm – Howard Hughes Medical Institute
"Imaging neurons to understand the brain"

News and recognition 

Story on Miguel Nicolelis' "Walk Again" Project in The Guardian (UK)

Rich Mooney wins 2014 Research Mentoring Award for Basic Science in the School of Medicine

Terry Jones (Nicolelis lab) receives a "Meritorious Service Award" in the 2013 Duke Presidential Awards

Court Hull and Jeremy Kay awarded 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships

Nicole Calakos and Henry Yin win a McKnight Foundation Memory and Cognitive Function Award

Paper in Neuron: Murugan, Harwood, Scharff, and Mooney
"Diminished FoxP2 Levels Affect Dopaminergic Modulation of Corticostriatal Signaling Important to Song Variability."
See press release from Duke

Lindsey Glickfeld and Court Hull recognized as Whitehead Scholars at Duke

Ten-year project from Erich Jarvic redraws map of bird brain. DukeToday

Kevin Franks awarded grant from Mallinckrodt Foundation

Fan Wang wins NIH Pioneer Award

Edward (Ted) Stanek in Fan Wang's lab is awarded an NRSA pre-doctoral fellowship

Shenyu Zhai awarded the 1st annual "Bill Hall Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research"
Special thanks to Terry Wu for establishing the prize

Paper in J. Neuroscience from Rich Mooney's lab
Anders Nelson, David Schneider et al., "A circuit for motor cortical modulation of auditory cortical activity", article on Duke Today

Paper in PNAS on sunburn pain from Wolfgang Liedke's lab
"UVB radiation generates sunburn pain and affects skin by activating epidermal TRPV4 and triggering endothelin-1 signaling," by Carlene Moore, et al.

Paper in Neuron from Jim McNamara's lab
"Transient inhibition of TrkB Kinase after status epilepticus prevents development of temporal lobe epilepsy," by G Liu, et al. 

News stories on Miguel Nicolelis in the Washington Post and in Nature

Essay by Steve Lisberger on "Fraud in Neuroscience"

Jorg Grandl awarded Klingenstein Fellowship

Paper in Nature from Chay Kuo and Cagla Eroglu
"Protective astrogenesis from the SVZ niche after injury is controlled by Notch modulator Thbs4" by Eric J. Benner, Dominic Luciano, Rebecca Jo, Khadar Abdi, Patricia Paez-Gonzalez, Huaxin Sheng, David S. Warner, Chunlei Liu, Cagla Eroglu & Chay T. Kuo. Nature (2013). See press release from Duke

Kevin Franks and Jeremy Kay recognized as Whitehead Scholars at Duke