Molecular and Systems Neuroscience

Molecular and Systems Neuroscience

The goal of the Molecular and Systems Neuroscience (MSN) area is to superbly prepare graduate students for the wide range of approaches and perspectives found in modern neuroscience. Most students completing the MSN curriculum will finish with a double major, receiving Ph.D.s in both Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neuroscience.

We aim for our graduates to be competent and confident in both molecular and systems neuroscience. This is because we feel that many of the most exciting advances in neuroscience will come at the intersection of these approaches. On the practical side, this training also prepares our graduates for careers in academics, industry, government, as well as less traditional paths such as publishing, patent law, and other professions. Importantly, we also feel that studying neuroscience in a psychology department allows the graduate student to develop a well-grounded understanding of neuroscience mechanisms and concepts as broadly applied to human psychology.

First Year
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • First Year Research Seminar
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Research
Second Year
  • Neuroscience Electives (1 from Molecular/Cellular, 1 from Systems Neuroscience)
  • Research
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series
Third Year and Beyond
  • Research
  • Additional Electives
  • Teaching experience
  • Dissertation Research

The choice of a research lab is the single most important decision a graduate student will make. While some students will come to Indiana University having already identified their Ph.D. thesis lab, others will not yet be certain which lab is best for them. To assist this latter group of students, first year Molecular and Systems Neuroscience graduate students will have the option to do three five-week rotations in different labs during their first semester. After this experience they choose one of these labs for their dissertation research.

Financial support

Financial support for the Molecular and Systems Neuroscience (MSN) program is generous. All incoming MSN graduate students are provided with scholarships for tuition and fees, as well as a 12-month stipend. This support can come from fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or training grants. All students are guaranteed full support for five years as long as they are in good academic standing.

Area spokesperson: Heather Bradshaw

Participating faculty: Ken Mackie, Joshua Brown, Tom Busey, James Craig, Jonathon Crystal, Joseph Farley, Preston Garraghty, William Hetrick, Andrea Hohmann, Tom James, Cary Lai, Anne Prieto, Aina Puce, Brian O'Donnell, George Rebec, Hui-Chen Lu (starting 1/1/2015), Olaf Sporns