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Our Focus

We are the home for basic Neuroscience research and education in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We have a dynamic and growing group of junior and senior faculty, research faculty, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students. We are actively recruiting new faculty at all ranks in the department's specific areas of expertise, which are as follows:

  • Neurodevelopment, Neurogenesis and Plasticity
  • Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Cerebrovascular Function and Neuroinflammation
  • Neurobiology of the Synapse
  • Myelination and Demyelinating Disorders
  • Sensory and Motor Systems
  • Cancer of the Brain

Our current faculty, staff and students use modern molecular genetics, bioinformatics, imaging and electrophysiological approaches to investigate molecular motors and the regulation of axonal transport, molecular biology of ion channels, synapses, sensory physiology, aging in the brain, imaging of brain function, and diseases of the brain and the blood brain barrier. Our goals include the understanding of normal and disease states that can lead to therapeutic strategies for neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's Disease), immune and inflammatory diseases and, psychiatric disorders and deafness.

We have a strong commitment to medical and graduate education. Our graduate programs, which draw students from Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS), the campus-wide Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN), and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), are designed to prepare students for the challenges facing all neuroscientists who seek to understand the function and dysfunction of the brain. Graduate courses are offered in Cellular and Systems Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy, Neurodegenerative Diseases and Cellular and Molecular Biology of the Nervous system. Our students also receive training in a broad range of the Biomedical Sciences, from Biochemistry and Cell Biology to Physiology through the GEMS program.