Overview of Neuroscience at the University of Rochester

The Neuroscience Community at Rochester

Neuroscience is a highly interdisciplinary and diverse science. This is reflected by a large and broad group of investigators at the University of Rochester that includes over 60 faculty members in ten different departments from both the School of Medicine and Dentistry and The College of Arts and Sciences.

Degree Programs

Several graduate and undergraduate degree programs exist on campus that are designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of students engaged in the study of the nervous system. The tight physical proximity of the medical and main campuses generates a highly collaborative and interactive Neuroscience community, and provides students with broad and flexible opportunities in their training.


The Neuroscience community binds together all those who share an interest in understanding the structure and function of the nervous system and its disorders. It encourages collaborative research among faculty and students in its participating departments, promotes research seminars and workshops, supports a local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, and through both formal and informal programs encourages students to engage themselves in the study of the brain and its control of behavior.

The following departments are primarily involved:

Faculty from these and other departments are also drawn together through centers and research groups that cross disciplines and departmental boundaries in the Neurosciences:

Alzheimer's Disease Center
Center on Aging & Developmental Biology
Center for Visual Science
Rochester International Center for Hearing and Speech Research
Schmitt Program on Integrative Neuroscience

A wide range of state-of-the-art facilities are available to support research activities across campus. These include transmission electron microscopy integrated with image analysis capabilities, a variety of confocal and fMRI imaging capabilities, facilities for transgenic animal generation and for organ tissue culture, and advanced technologies to provide real and virtual sensory and motor environments as well as robotics.


Last modified: 05/15/2014
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