PhD in Medical Sciences Concentrations


Research and education in the Neuroscience concentration in the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of nervous system and related disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, and neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and drug addiction. Training will include a unique interdisciplinary blend of didactic coursework, journal clubs, seminar series, as well as significant research experience. 


The curriculum for the PhD in Medical Sciences can be found in the Graduate Catalog. A sample of courses offered within the Neuroscience concentration is listed below. 

  • Neuroscience
  • Advanced Neuroscience   
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Advanced Neuroanatomy
  • Stem Cells and Brain Repair
  • Aging & Neuroscience
  • Basic Medical Physiology
  • Basic Medical Pharmacology

Graduate Catalog

Faculty & Research

Current research interests include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Neurobiology of aging
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Hyperbaric neurophysiology
  • Gene and stem cell therapies for neurodegenerative disease
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of CNS oxygen toxicitY
  • Neural plasticity with neurodegenerative disease and after brain injury

Faculty in the Neuroscience concentration are members of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Department of Molecular Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, and the Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair

Affiliated Institutes & Facilities

Neuroscience Institute
Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair

Concentration Spotlights



2020 - Heather Mahoney was selected for the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms 2020 Trainee and Young Faculty Diversity Enhancement Fellowship award

2020 - Courtney Penn received the Florida High Tech Corridor Council’s Matching Grants Research Program Excellence in Student Research Award 

2019 - Meena Subbarayan received the Rising Star Research Travel Award from the American Society for Neural Therapy & Repair

Recent Publications

  • Winter AN, Subbarayan MS, Grimmig B, Weesner JA, Moss L, Peters M, Weeber E, Nash K, Bickford PC. Two forms of CX3CL1 display differential activity and rescue cognitive deficits in CX3CL1 knockout mice. J Neuroinflammation. 2020 May 14;17(1):157. doi: 10.1186/s12974-020-01828-y. PMID: 32410624; PMCID: PMC7227354.
  • Woo JA, Liu T, Fang CC, Castaño MA, Kee T, Yrigoin K, Yan Y, Cazzaro S, Matlack J, Wang X, Zhao X, Kang DE, Liggett SB. β-Arrestin2 oligomers impair the clearance of pathological tau and increase tau aggregates. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Mar 3;117(9):5006-5015. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1917194117. Epub 2020 Feb 18. PMID: 32071246; PMCID: PMC7060747.
  • Das, Mahasweta & Penn, Courtney & Martinez, Taylor & Mayilsamy, Karthick & McGill, Andrew & Wiling, Alison & Mohapat, Shyam & Mohapatra, Subhra. (2020). COVID-19 neurotropism and implications for therapy. Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation. 2020. 10.20517/2347-8659.2020.36.

More Information

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Please note, students do not apply directly to a concentration. Interested students should submit an application for the PhD in Medical Sciences. Concentrations are typically selected during the first year of study.