Neuroscience is the study of the brain, from behavior to emotion to thought.
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Mental disorders have always been challenging, but new imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can detect brain processes in real time and help us to recognize and cure pathologies.
We prepare you with a firm background in biology, psychology and chemistry. Then you investigate how the physical system supports our subconscious and conscious experiences, and explore phenomena like animal behavior from an evolutionary viewpoint.
Cognitive psychology courses taught by psych professors are a powerful and uncommon feature of our program. These courses delve into learning, emotions, moods—how we react to the world in the ways that make us uniquely human.
Our students enjoy diving into lab work early on and designing projects that are intellectually their own. We mentor you, but you are the driver of questions. We get you thinking like a neuroscientist right away.
In Drew’s RISE program, students also have the rare opportunity to conduct research alongside top veteran scientists from industry, the only program of its kind in the nation.
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There is a huge explosion of research in neuroscience. It’s a big frontier for new discoveries because of the wealth of new research techniques and the resulting new data.
Neuroscience is an outstanding background for medical school. Many medical schools are looking for students with grounding in humanities and social science so they can treat patients as whole individuals in complex communities.
Our alumni have gone on to grad school at Johns Hopkins, Albert Einstein Medical School, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Maryland. Others teach, work in the pharmaceutical industry and are even doing neuroeconomics for marketing, studying subconscious mechanics that influence consumer choices.
I am doing a paid internship at Morristown Medical Center, where we’re looking at premature babies. The number one cause of death among this group is stroke, and we’re looking at drugs to strengthen the lining of the blood vessels of the brain to stop a stroke from happening. For me, this is one way of giving back.
For my honors thesis, I’m testing a small chemical compound that can shut off a potentially destructive molecular mechanism in neurons that gets turned on during Alzheimer’s disease. We simulate conditions seen in the disease and, working with cell cultures, we test compounds on the model.
The students I teach in the lab are either first-year students or non-science majors. I run mock neuroscience cell culture experiments with them that relate to my research. I enjoy getting new students excited about my major and the research I perform.
I am interested in exploring how various central neurotransmitter systems are affected by pharmacological and environmental manipulations, and how these changes, in turn, are related to behavior. First-day-of-class question: Ask me about kayaking among orcas and minke whales.
Ph.D., Rockefeller University
I’m working on computational neuroscience research projects—we study the brain as a computational and information-processing organ, using numerical and theoretical methods. I also play the traditional Korean drum in the Pungmul tradition.
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
My research lab has successfully harvested placental stem cells from rats, and our recent experiments have suggested that these stem cells can promote a protective environment in the brain. Our hope one day is to use these cells as a therapy for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Yankees fans alert: I’m a die-hard Red Sox fan.
Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate professor of psychology
I teach learning and behavior, cognitive neuroscience and introductory and methods courses in psychology and neuroscience. I’m also conducting research on neurobiological mechanisms of learning, memory and emotion.
Ph.D., Rutgers University
- Cognitive remediation specialist
- Research assistant
Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
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“It was a crazy hands-on experience—we did brain surgery on a rat. We had an animal that was alive, and at the end of the day, it was still alive. It was scary and wonderful.”
Melissa Levinsky on Systems Neuroscience