College of Graduate Studies
Understanding how the brain functions is truly a frontier in human scientific aspirations. Over the next few decades, we can expect not only to develop a deep understanding of how the brain functions at a molecular level, but how these cellular functions integrate to form the basis of human behavior, personality, and consciousness.
Neuroscience research at MUSC is nationally and internationally recognized in many aspects of the field, ranging from molecular and cellular neurobiology to clinical neuroscience. Strong emphasis is placed on new combinations of ideas and techniques, for example the application of new developments in basic neuroscience to clinical problems; the use of molecular techniques to solve problems in cellular and integrative neuroscience; and the development of novel cellular and animal models of neurological and psychiatric illness.
Among the highest profile research endeavors at MUSC are those in cell signaling in the nervous system, the molecular biology of sensory processing, degeneration and regeneration of brain function, and understanding the molecular basis and neural plasticity in addiction to drugs of abuse. The Graduate Program in this field is designed to encourage close student-faculty relationships. Our goal is to educate students for careers in neuroscience research and teaching. Students completing this Program will be able to address both traditional and novel questions in neuroscience, armed with contemporary concepts and techniques.