Neuroscience Institute

Neuroscience Institute research areas cover a broad range of cellular and molecular neuroscience and include the molecular biology and physiology of circadian rhythm, mechanisms of sleep and sleep disorders, mechanisms of stroke and stroke prevention, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative diseases, neurovirology, neuroimmunology, photoreceptor and retinal physiology, glutamate receptor physiology and mechanisms of hyperexcitability in epilepsy. Investigators use a variety of experimental preparations including whole animals, the intact portions of the central nervous system, and simplified preparations, such as tissue slices and single cells, to study cellular activities, cell-cell communication, and responses to internal and external stimuli.

Neuroscience Institute faculty recognize the importance of training the next generation of neuroscientists and are involved the teaching and training of graduate and medical students. Among such opportunities are a combined bachelors/master’s program established in collaboration with Atlanta University Center schools and a regular 2-year master’s program in addition to providing training to Biomedical Sciences PhD candidates.