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Current Administration


Konrad Zinsmaier, Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Executive Committee:
• Katalin Gothard, Professor, Department of Physiology (GSARC Chair)
• Andy Fuglevand, Professor, Department of Physiology
• Alan Nighorn, Professor, Department of Neuroscience (GIDPAC Representative)
• Ralph Fregosi, Professor, Department of Physiology
• Daniela Zarnescu, Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
• Oscar Mendez, Student Representative, GIDP in Neuroscience

Graduate Student Advisory & Progress Committee (GSAPC):
• Andy Fuglevand, Professor, Department of Physiology (Chair)
• Erika Eggers, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology

Program Coordinator:
• Kirsten Cloutier Grabo


Graduate Program in Neuroscience

The University of Arizona offers a Neuroscience through the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. The Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools that they will need to embark on careers as educators and researchers in the field of neuroscience. Students participate in designing their own individually tailored programs that provide a thorough base of knowledge in the many facets of neuroscience as well as depth in chosen areas of specialization, and that enhance their abilities to think creatively and express themselves clearly. Because of the breadth of expertise represented by the faculty, students have access to educational and research training opportunities in areas ranging through molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, cognitive, theoretical, and clinical neuroscience. The program currently enrolls 27 students.

UA Neuroscience

UA Neuroscience comprises over 60 faculty members in over 20 departments distributed across the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Engineering and Mines, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Science, as well as the Arizona Research Laboratories and the School of Health Related Professions. Led by a Chair and Executive Committee, the UA Neuroscience serves as the faculty for the Program in Neuroscience, and is a focus for communication and collaborative neuroscience-related activities.

Many of these faculty collaborate through strong research and training clusters in cognitive neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, insect neurobiology, motor control, neuropharmacology, and speech and hearing. Along with other scientists in the University who are interested in the field, the faculty members of UA Neuroscience bring the excitement of exploration and discovery in the nervous system to their undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students.

In addition, believing that the public should be informed about advances in neuroscience research and that early exposure of children to neuroscience will enhance their interest and confidence in science, UA Neuroscience is actively involved in public outreach activities.

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