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The Graduate Program in Neuroscience (NEUS) at Drexel University College of Medicine embraces the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience. By incorporating expertise across departments and areas of research, the program offers a broad exposure to cellular, molecular, behavioral, developmental and systems neuroscience, with a strong emphasis on disease, injury and therapeutics. Students engage in rigorous research training using multidisciplinary approaches and cutting-edge technology. Their educational experience is not limited to the bench - they benefit from extensive interactions with the faculty, participation in scientific meetings and training in the panoply of skills (writing, teaching, formulation of hypotheses, experimental design) required for independence and success in a variety of career possibilities.

Students in the program can earn an MS or PhD degree, leading to careers in academic research, teaching, pharmaceutical research, industry, government, academic administration, public policy and beyond.

Brain Highlight

Immunostaining the the developing spinal cord for neurofilament proteins reveals the distribution of axons within the spinal cord and innervating the internal organs and the muscles of the limbs. Image taken by Lyandysha Zholudeva (PhD candidate).

Research

Drexel's Neuroscience program focuses on several key areas of research, including:

Graduate Placement

Graduating Division of Biomedical Science Programs students (27 PhD, 5 MD/PhD, 11 MS) have accepted teaching, industrial, residency and postdoctoral positions at a variety of companies and institutions.

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  • Absorption Systems
  • Arbutus Biopharma
  • Brown University
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Genisphere, LLC
  • Jefferson University
  • John Hopkins University
  • John Wayne Cancer Center (Santa Monica, CA)
  • Lankenau Institute for Medical Research
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Princeton University
  • Public Health Research Institute (Rutgers)
  • Stanford University
  • Temple University
  • The Scripps Institute
  • The Wistar Institute
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Californiat at Irvine
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Weill-Cornell Medical Center

 

News and Announcements
 

Ferguson Named in Forbes 30 under 30

Brielle Ferguson, a recent graduate, was mentioned in Forbes 30 under 30 for Science. Read more.

Curtis and Mack Received Dean’s Fellowships

Fifth-year Neuroscience PhD students, Genevieve Curtis from the Barson lab, and Nancy Mack from the Gao lab, were awarded the Dean’s Fellowship for Excellence in Collaborative or Themed Research.

Lengel Received Brain Injury Association of America Grant

Dana Lengel, a fifth-year Neuroscience graduate student in Ramesh Raghupathi’s lab, received a dissertation grant from the Brain Injury Association of America.

Students Win National Institutes of Health Award

Emily Black, a student in the Espana lab, Jaki DeFinis a Neuroscience student in the Hou lab, and Sara Blazejewski and Sarah Sadie Bennison, both from the Toyo-oka lab have received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.

5 Presentations You’ll See at This Year’s Discovery Day

The platform presenters for Drexel University College of Medicine’s annual research day, called Discovery Day, discuss their research topics and tips for success. Read more.

Breathing Free

Paralyzed patients are closer to one day breathing without a ventilator after Michael Lane, PhD, and Lyandysha Zhoudeva showed they could improve respiratory function in rodents with spinal cord injuries by successfully transplanting a special class of neural cells, called V2a interneurons. Read more.

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