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. 


In addition to the coursework required for all students in the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, students will take courses in their chosen concentration. 


  • GMS 6707 Neuroscience
  • GMS 6709 Advanced Neuroscience 

Strongly Recommended  

  • GMS 6735 Neuropharmacology 
  • GMS 6708 Neuroimmunology
  • GMS 6610 Advanced Neuroanatomy 

Samples of Electives  

  • GMS 6773 Stem Cells and Brain Repair
  • GMS 6771 Aging & Neuroscience
  • GMS 6440 Basic Medical Physiology
  • GMS 6505 Basic Medical Pharmacology

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


Dr. Blair's lab

Congressman visits neuroscience lab at USF Health

In 2018, Congressman Gus Bilirakis toured the lab of Dr. Laura Blair, a graduate of USF’s PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Blair studies how different chaperone proteins interact with tau in an effort to find new ways to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. 


2019 - Heather Mahoney was awarded the Dr. Christopher P. Phelps Memorial Fund for Neuroscience Graduate Student Travel Award at USF Health Research Day

Jeremy Baker

2018 - Jeremy Baker 

Recent graduate, Jeremy Baker received the selective Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, which will fund three years of his postdoctoral work in Seattle, WA. Read more about Jeremy, and other USF Health graduates here
 Chao Ma holds his award

2018 - Chao Ma

3rd year Ph.D. student, Chao Ma won the Dr. Christopher P. Phelps Memorial Fund Morsani College of Medicine Graduate Student Travel Award for his presentation at USF Health's 28th Annual Research Day. 

Recent Publications

  • Schroeder S, Joly-Amado A, Soliman A, Sengupta U, Kayed R, Gordon MN, Morgan D. Oligomeric tau-targeted immunotherapy in Tg4510 mice. Alzheimer's research & therapy. 9(1) : 46, 2017.
  • Amin J, Subbarayan MS. Orthosteric- versus allosteric-dependent activation of the GABAA receptor requires numerically distinct subunit level rearrangements. Scientific reports. 7(1) : 7770, 2017.
  • Flowers A, Bell-Temin H, Jalloh A, Stevens SM, Bickford PC. Proteomic anaysis of aged microglia: shifts in transcription, bioenergetics, and nutrient response. Journal of neuroinflammation. 14(1) : 96, 2017

More Information

For information about the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, contact 813-974-2836 or

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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.