Research

Duke is home to a huge number of faculty with interests in how the brain works at some level. The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) has more than 180 faculty members.  A large subset of those faculty are affiliated with the Neurobiology community in the School of Medicine. The Neurobiology Graduate Training Faculty comprises about 50 faculty with diverse research interests based on a wide range of techniques.    

Students and postdocs can find research opportunities at levels ranging from the molecular basis of brain disease, to questions of how neurons work, how neural circuits generate behavior, and how the integrated action of the brain generates human social behavior. 

Research techniques include behavior, computational modeling, molecular biology, electrophysiology, optogenetics, DREADDs, modern confocal and 2-photon microscopy, viral methods, and single neuron recordings in awake behaving monkeys.