Doctor of Philosophy in Neurosciences

The KU-L/KUMC bicampus Neuroscience Graduate Program is designed to prepare the student for a career in research and/or teaching, with concentrations in neuroscience. The program emphasizes acquiring the skills and knowledge to perform and disseminate the results of neuroscience-based research. The course of study in the program is broadly based to assure that graduates are well-versed in a number of areas of neural research, spanning from molecular to systems neuroscience.  The research opportunities in the program are widely varied and will accommodate many interests; students are encouraged to enroll in courses offered by other programs or departments.

Nearly all Ph.D. students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the KU School of Medicine initially gain entry through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS). After the initial year of course work, students who join the laboratory of a Neuroscience graduate faculty member may seek entry into the program. Coursework for the Neuroscience Graduate Program is offered at the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, KS, as well as the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Several courses are taught across both campuses via videoconferencing. Comprehensive Exams for all students must be completed by the fall of the 3rd year in Graduate School.  The program on the KUMC campus is directed by the KUMC Neuroscience Graduate Studies Committee consisting of the following faculty:

KUMC Graduate Studies Committee Members:

Julie Christianson, Ph.D. (Program Director)

Kyle Baumbauer, Ph.D.

Jill Morris, Ph.D.

Heather Wilkins, Ph.D.

Erin Young, Ph.D.

Applications may be made online at: Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS). Inquires related to the KUMC portion of the program may be directed to the Program Director:

Julie Christianson, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Physiology

Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, KUMC Campus

University of Kansas Medical Center

Kansas City, KS 66160

913-945-6430 (office)

913-588-5677 (fax)