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Neuroscience Graduate Program

The Department of Neuroscience graduate program offers interdisciplinary biomedical research training leading to Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees. Reflecting the nature of contemporary neuroscience, our interdisciplinary graduate program contains faculty from basic and clinical departments. Program mentors are drawn from the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and the adjacent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers for Disease Control providing training opportunities in basic, clinical and translational science. This environment affords our faculty and students prime access to the state-of-the-art resources needed to conduct world-class neuroscience research.

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Facilities

As one of the seven biomedical Ph.D. programs at the WVU Health Sciences Center, and under the umbrella of WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, students have access to more than 50 laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment.   

Research

The program emphasizes research on the function and dysfunction of the brain and nervous system, providing students with innovative approaches to understanding neural mechanisms responsible for diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and brain injury and repair. In addition, students will gain fundamental understanding of cellular and molecular neurobiology, motor and sensory systems, neural processing, behavior and neural development.

Our five primary research topics include, but aren’t limited to, the following areas:

Of course, faculty also serve as mentors to ensure student success, not only in research, but also in achieving their overall career goals. Mentors this year include:

A photo of Werner Geldenhuys.
Werner Geldenhuys, PhD, MS
West Virginia University
Positions
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Phone
304-581-1683
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Bernard G Schreurs, PhD
West Virginia University
Positions
Professor; Director, West Virginia Alzheimer's Disease Registry, Department of Neuroscience
Professor, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (SOM)
Director, West Virginia Alzheimer's Disease Registry, Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone
304-293-0497
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Ariel Agmon, PhD
West Virginia University
Position
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Phone
304-293-0602
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Charles Anderson, PhD
West Virginia University
Position
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Phone
304-293-6290
A photo of Candice Brown.
Candice M. Brown, PhD
West Virginia University
Positions
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Cell Biology
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (SOM)
Phone
304-293-0589
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Omid Dehzangi, PhD
West Virginia University
Position
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
A photo of Valeriya Gritsenko.
Valeriya Gritsenko, PhD
West Virginia University
Positions
Associate Professor, Human Performance - Physical Therapy
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Assistant Professor, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (SOM)
Phone
304-293-7719
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David M Smith, PhD
West Virginia University
Positions
Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Member, WVU Cancer Institute Research Programs
Associate Professor, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (SOM)
Phone
304-293-9521
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Edwin Wan
West Virginia University
Positions
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Cell Biology
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Phone
304-293-6293
A photo of Shuo Wang.
Shuo Wang, PhD
West Virginia University
Positions
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering; Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Assistant Professor, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (SOM)
A photo of Sergiy Yakovenko.
Sergiy Yakovenko, PhD
West Virginia University
Positions
Associate Professor, Human Performance - Exercise Physiology
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Assistant Professor, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (SOM)
Phone
304-293-7316

Why Graduate Study at WVU?

Travel Support

Neuroscience graduate students can apply for up to $500 in travel support for presenting their research at a national conference of their choosing. To apply, please fill out a Student Travel Program Request Form and email it to Erica Stewart at elstewart@hsc.wvu.edu. 

Additional perks

  • Morgantown is a vibrant campus community with a small feel, but large amenities and a central location to many major metropolitan hubs. Explore the campus and community.
  • Students can also attend and present research at national and international conferences, and can apply for travel support when presenting.
  • Publishing opportunities in top-level journals and weekly journal clubs.
  • Career path interest groups allow students to hone future skills and connect with their peers.
  • There are teaching and outreach opportunities.
  • We also offer full tuition, competitive annual stipends and health insurance benefits.

Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization

The purpose of NGSO is to provide a forum for discussion of matters affecting neuro grad students & an avenue to bring concerns to faculty, organize & conduct activities beneficial to neuro grad students, and conduct neuro outreach in Morgantown. Visit the NGSO Engage page for more information.

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