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The KU-L/KUMC bicampus Neuroscience Graduate Program is designed to prepare the student for a research and/or teaching career with concentrations in neuroscience. The program emphasizes research and the skills and knowledge required to perform and communicate the results of research. Modern neuroscience researchers/educators must be versed in several areas of neurobiology research, spanning from molecular neuroscience to systems neuroscience. As such, the course of study in the program is broadly based; you are encouraged to enroll in courses offered by other programs or departments. The research opportunities in the program are widely varied and will accommodate many interests.

Nearly all Ph.D. students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the KU School of Medicine are admitted into the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences. During the first year in the IGPBS program, students rotate through 3 laboratories to help them decide on their laboratory/mentor choice. After the initial year of course work in the IGPBS, students choose a neuroscience research mentor and then join the laboratory of the mentor. Coursework for the Neuroscience Graduate Program is offered at the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas as well as the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Several courses are taught on 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). Inquiries related to the KUMC portion of the program may be directed to the Program Director:

Julie Christianson, Ph.D.
Professor, Cell Biology & Physiology
Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, KUMC Campus
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-7000 (office)
913-588-2710 (fax)

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Neuroscience Graduate Program
3901 Rainbow Blvd MS3051
HLSIC 3051
Kansas City, KS 66160
(913) 588-7400