We offer a diverse set of research and academic experiences that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience. Over one hundred faculty from two campuses combine coursework and experiential learning in basic, clinical and translational science, providing an exceptionally broadly based education.
We also foster an atmosphere of collaboration between investigators, theorists, and experimentalists, where students learn the value of a problem-oriented approach to research. Guidance and mentorship are an integral part of the Columbia experience.
We invite you to learn more about the Columbia University Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior.
The Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior trains its students in the exploration of the nervous system at the level of molecules, cells, development, circuits and systems, theory, and behavior.
Each entering student in the doctoral program interacts closely with program co-directors and program faculty during orientation, first semester courses, personal meetings, and a series of lab rotations.
The mentors at Columbia that participate in the Neurobiology and Behavior training program are both exceptionally accomplished and highly collegial. Learn more about faculty research interests by exploring these pages.
The breadth of opportunity in our program is enhanced by the fact that faculty mentors in the program have appointments across several different university departments.
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"Neuroscience at Columbia is more than the study of cells or circuits - the sense of community and restless energy to learn and grow are palpable."
- Daniel Iascone
"The program’s emphasis on flexibility provides students the freedom to pursue their research vision and grow as scientists. At Columbia, I have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research and develop skills I thought were beyond my reach."
- Laura Long, Mesgarani Lab
"Columbia's Neurobiology program is diverse and collaborative, with students and faculty from various academic backgrounds. This allows us to tackle exciting projects and develop new technologies to advance our interdisciplinary field."
- Neeli Mishra, Axel Lab
"After my rotations, my interests fit really well with two labs, and now I get to combine the expertise of both through a collaboration. Collaborations like this are one of the greatest strengths of NBB."
- Francisco Xavier Pena, Salzman Lab
"Columbia Neurobiology and Behavior has been the right place for my training. Projects that span different departments, mentors, and even model organisms are possible in the collaborative environment that is fostered by this program."
- Melissa Lee, Shirasu-Hiza and Mason Labs
Columbia Access Neuroscience (CAN) is an informative two-day event for students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience. This fully funded event is an opportunity for students to visit our campus and learn how to compose a competitive Ph.D. application, learn about life as a Ph.D. student, and network with current faculty and students.
"Graduate students are the lifeblood of science. As they learn and grow in expertise, their efforts at the bench and the blackboard drive research forward. They teach. They mentor. They enrich our community and reach out to inspire other communities. A Portrait of the Scientist presents a selection of Columbia University’s many outstanding graduate students pursuing PhDs in fields related to neuroscience. These photographs (by Thomas Barlow, graduate student in the Axel lab) document their daily lives and their crucial work advancing what we know about mind, brain and behavior."