Neuroscience Graduate Group Program

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The Program  
Large and Small Neurons by Greg Dunn

The NGG is a collaborative and interdisciplinary PhD program that provides training for careers in neuroscience research, teaching and more. Our training program is designed to provide a strong foundation of neuroscience knowledge while at the same time taking into account each student's strengths, needs and career goals.

The NGG is closely affiliated with the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS) and the Penn Medicine Translational Neuroscience Center (PTNC).
The Faculty  
Basket Cells by Greg Dunn

We have over 150 active faculty doing cutting-edge research in a broad range of fields including Computational, Systems, Cellular and Molecular, Developmental, and Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as Neurobiology of Disease and more.

For a list of our Executive Staff and contact information, click here.

The Students  
Axons by Greg Dunn

NGG students conduct research in a wide variety of fields and go on to careers in research, teaching, the public sector, and more.

For a listing of current students, click here.

Find out more about our award-winning student group, GLIA, here.

For summaries of recent publications by NGG students, click here.

Student government organizations include BGSA and GAPSA.

Purkinje Neurons by Greg Dunn

Years 1 and 2: Coursework and Lab Rotations (three required)
Year 2 ends in Candidacy Exam
Year 3: Thesis research and one semester of required teaching assistantship
Years 4+: Thesis research

For more specifics including course descriptions, click here.
Spiral Astrocytes by Greg Dunn

All applicants to NGG submit their applications through the Biomedical Graduate Studies webpage.

For NGG Admission info, click here.

For the BGS Admissions page, click here.

For the BGS Admissions FAQ, click here.

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