2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Mar 20, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Neurobiology & Anatomy

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School of Medicine
Department Office: 320 Biomedical Polymers Research Building (BPRB)
Phone: 801-581-3653
Website: http://medicine.utah.edu/neurobiology-anatomy/

Department Chair: Monica Vetter, Ph.D.

The Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy is focused on creating an exceptional research and educational environment to drive discovery and support the training of the next generation of scientists. Research in the department ranges from embryonic patterning, stem cells, and tissue development, through to neural connectivity, plasticity and behavior. Faculty in the department utilize state-of-the-art molecular, genetic, imaging and behavioral approaches to understand normal function as well as the underpinnings of disease. They participate actively in graduate and postdoctoral training, and are also committed to excellence in medical education. The department is an integral part of campus-wide neuroscience and developmental biology communities.

Graduate Program

Please see the Neurobiology and Anatomy Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Areas of Specialization

The program provides students with a broad background in diverse areas of neuroscience and cell and developmental biology, including the following areas of specialization: 

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cell Signaling
  • Developmental Biology
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Embryonic Pattering
  • Epigenetic Programming
  • Molecular Neuroscience
  • Neural Circuitry
  • Neural Disease
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurogenetics
  • Neurophysiology
  • Regeneration and Repair
Admission Requirements

The department offers a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Neurobiology and Anatomy. Most Neurobiology and Anatomy doctoral students are admitted via the Bioscience PhD Programs (http://www.bioscience.utah.edu/). In exceptional circumstances, students may be accepted into the department by direct admission; such students must meet the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate School.

Fellowships and Assistantships

The department provides financial assistance, including stipends, tuition, and health insurance to full-time graduate students in good standing.

Program and Course Offerings




      Neurobiology & Anatomy

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