Monocyte-derived microglia like cells (in green) invade the cerebellum of an adult mouse after bone marrow transplantation and are found in close contact with Purkinje neurons (in red). This treatment in a mouse model of the neurodevelopmental disease Rett syndrome results in arrest of pathology. Courtesy of James Cronk, Dr. Jony Kipnis' Lab

Neuroscientists at UVA explore basic questions about the workings of the brain, the neural bases for mental disorders, neurodegeneration, and other common brain dysfunction.

Sensory systems, behavior, neurodegeneration and memory loss, addiction and motor systems are just a few examples of areas within neuroscience that are current topics of study in our program.  It is an exciting time to be a neuroscientist.  New advanced techniques allow for macro (fMRI, Optigenetics) and micro (capillary electrophoresis, electrophysiology) analysis of neuronal systems. The Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Virginia is training experimentalists in basic science and translational research, always with an eye on disease relevance.  As such, we stress didactic learning for the first year and experiential laboratory-based learning in the second year and beyond.

Our diverse and interdepartmental faculty allows for dynamic, cross-disciplinary training in a variety of basic and translational neuroscience research areas that include the following:  Building and Wiring the BrainSensory systemsNeurodegeneration and Brain InjuryBehavior and EpigeneticsGlial and Immune Cells in Health and DiseaseNeurodevelopment, Neurocognitive and Neuropsychiatric Disorders; and the Neurobiology of Ion Channels.