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Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Neuroscience Program at Tulane University, one of the top ranked universities in one of the most interesting cities in the United States. The Tulane Neuroscience Program brings together researchers from across the University, including from the School of Medicine, the School of Science and Engineering and the Tulane National Primate Research Center, to study the brain and the nervous system in health and disease. Our faculty bring expertise in a wide range of multidisciplinary techniques to the study of the central nervous system in a collegial and intimate environment of learning and training in research methodology.

 

As an undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience at Tulane University, you will learn about how the building blocks of the nervous system, neurons, communicate with each other in neural circuits to produce sensory perception, movement, complex behaviors, thoughts and memories. You will have the opportunity of working in a functioning research laboratory to conduct cutting-edge neuroscience research in topics ranging from gene regulation and cellular signaling to animal behavior. You will be in a position when you graduate with a bachelor of science in neuroscience to continue your studies in professional or graduate school, or to start a career in science.

 

As a Master’s student in the Tulane 4+1 or 1-year Master’s Programs, you will further develop your interests in neuroscience, and strengthen and expand your knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system and its constituent cells and systems through advanced courses and laboratory experiences. You will be able to participate in clinical and/or research internships that will allow you to solidify your future career goals, and you will build your neuroscience credentials in order to enhance your competitiveness to enter the workforce or to continue your graduate education in medical school or graduate school.

 

As a Ph.D. student in the Tulane Neuroscience Program, you will be fostered through the process of choosing a laboratory before becoming completely immersed in the world of scientific research, including all the ups and downs of scientific experimentation and the ultimate excitement of scientific discovery. Current areas of research interest in neuroscience at Tulane span a wide range of topics, ranging from the basic cell/molecular mechanisms of neuronal signaling to neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, in passing by way of the neurobiology of animal behavior, from fish to primates. State-of-the-art techniques, including cell imaging and patch clamp recording, recombinant DNA technology and sophisticated behavioral analyses are brought to bear on the study of some of the most pressing issues in mental health. With an overarching focus in pain, stress and stress disorders, including depression and post-traumatic stress, the Tulane Neuroscience Program is positioned to be a leader in neuroscience research and development well into the 21st century.

 

Take a look at our website and feel free to contact individual scientists in the Program, our Program Coordinator (Sherrie Calogero), or me directly to discuss applying to one of our exciting undergraduate or graduate programs, or to find out what is happening in the Tulane Neuroscience Program and how you can be a part of it.

 

Jeff Tasker, Ph.D.
Director, Neuroscience Program

tasker@tulane.edu

 

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764 sse@tulane.edu