The Neuroscience Program trains students to perform fundamental research in nearly all areas of neuroscience - from basic molecular biology through complex human neurological disorders. Areas of interest include learning and memory, behavioral neuroscience, sensory systems, neurodegenerative disease, brain injury, psychiatric disorders, and regenerative medicine. Students take coursework in advanced neurobiology topics and are taught critical thinking, grant writing, and presentation skills.

Our highly collaborative faculty share technology resources, ensuring that students will have the mentoring and equipment to pursue interdisciplinary projects. Additionally, clinical collaborations and mentored shadowing rotations in neurology clinics offer the opportunity for translational research. Our program provides networking opportunities for students to interact with scientists from all over the world through weekly lunches with our seminar speakers and at our biannual Brain Aging Research Symposium.

We are committed to career development. Our PhD graduates have achieved postdoctoral and faculty positions utilizing their research and/or teaching skills in industry, higher education, academic and private medicine, government, and scientific writing.

Application & Admission Contacts

Patricia L. Cameron, PhD
Vice Dean, The Graduate School

Julie Cook
Assistant Director for Graduate School Admissions

(706) 721-9516

Program Director

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Eric Vitriol

"The Neuroscience PhD program at Augusta University is renowned for its cutting-edge research, fostering an environment that encourages intellectual growth and innovative thinking. The faculty comprises world-class experts dedicated to mentoring students and ensuring they are well-equipped to make significant contributions in the field of neuroscience. Additionally, the state-of-the-art facilities and collaborative atmosphere make it an ideal place for aspiring neuroscientists to thrive and make impactful discoveries."

Program Contacts

Eric Vitriol, PhD
Program Director

Eula Tatman
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
(706) 721- 1811

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Julie Vincent

"The faculty and student interactions are all so enjoyable. We are able to be comfortable and confident in a professional setting while still being able to make mistakes, ask questions, have fun, learn, and grow as scientists."

- Julie Vincent

Natalie Mseis-Jackson

"My research area is neuronal reprogramming, which is a cutting-edge technology that facilitates potential treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases."

- Natalie Mseis-Jackson

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The Graduate School at Augusta University facilitates ground-breaking research and ensures outstanding education. We create an environment that embraces and empowers the next generation of scholars and investigators, supports faculty and staff, and fosters meaningful relationships and collaborations among students across our programs and colleges.

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