About the Neuroscience Program

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience includes faculty members from several departments representing neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, psychology, psychiatry, genetics, neurology and animal sciences. The newly formed Brain Health Institute coordinates Neuroscience activities and seminars thoughout the university.  Areas of specialization include production and analysis of mutant mouse activity; regulation of neural and glial gene expression; developmental neurobiology; autism; gliogenesis; neurogenesis; spinal cord injury; stem cell biology; synaptic plasticity; and mechanisms and and regulatory controls of learning and memory.

The program selects students on the basis of their academic records, references and research experience.   A student must have an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least B to be considered for admission.  Prerequisite courses normally include biology, general and organic chemistry, calculus and physics.  Financial aid is provided to highly qualified students, and typically includes a stipend to cover living expenses and remission of tuition fees.  The classes of direct support include: fellowships, graduate assistantships provided through research grants held by individual professors, NIH training grant, and teaching assistantships associated with individual teaching units of the program.

Neuroscience Extramural Fellowships





Heather McGowan is first author on a paper in The Journal of Neuroscience, June 2016. “Bridging the Gap between DNA Methylation, DNA Methylation Readers, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.”

tthew Kraushar is first author on a paper in International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience: the official journal of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience, May 2016. “The frontier of RNA metamorphosis and ribosome signature in neocortical development.”




Matt Kraushar, an MD/PhD candidate has been awarded two grants as a principal investigator. Dr. Kraushar's studies will be conducted at Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany, as part of his European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2014-2018


Victoria DiBona received an NJCBIR Fellowship “Modulating Neuroinflammation for Treatment of TBI.” 2014-2017


Heather McGowan received an NINDS (NIH) Fellowship “Synaptic Function of Chromosome 21-encoded microRNAs.” 2014-2018


Joshua Stamos received an NIH Fellowship “Accumbens Mechanisms of Cue Reactivity and Affective State in a Rat Model of Binge Eating.” 2014-2017  Josh was also selected for the 4th Annual Rutgers-Jilin Graduate Student Research Forum which took place in China June 2017.


Caroline Pantazis received an NIH F31 fellowship "Role of Lateral Hypothalamus Orexin Circuits in Cocaine Demand."  2016-2019


Anna Giarratana received a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Fellowship "Effect of Genetic Polymorphisms on Recovery and Treatment after Traumatic Brain Injury." 2016-2017


Mihir Patel received an NJCBIR Fellowship “Recovery of the Dendritic Network after Traumatic Brain Injury.”



Valentina Dal Pozzo received an NJCBIR Fellowship “Role of Reelin in Traumatic Brain Injury.” 2015-2018


Apoorva Halikere received an NRSA Fellowship “Neuronal Basis of OPRM1 A118G Polymorphism in Alcohol Use Disorders.” 2015-2018


Kirsten Svane received an NIH-Rutgers Biotechnology Training Grand “Effects of Antipsychotics and NMDA Receptor Agonists on Expression and Function of NOS1AP, a Protein Encoded by a Schizophrenia Susceptibility Gene.” 2015-2017


NeuroConnections is a student organization that provides opportunities for students to present as well as social activities.  To learn more, click here.


                    NeuroConnections Annual BBQ - June 13, 2017





Recent graduate updates!


Dr. Julie Maguire, who graduated from Dr. Maureen Barr's laboratory in 2015, has just received an NIH post-doctoral fellowship.  Dr. Maguire is currently working with Dr. Anna DeGregorio at the NYU School of Medicine.

Congratulations Julie!!


Ten students received their PhD's in 2018!


To apply now: https://grad.admissions.rutgers.edu/GraduateProgram/Detail.aspx?code=16710&degree=PHD

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