Academics

The Michigan State University Neuroscience Program offers world-class research and unparalleled education paired with outstanding mentors and a highly collaborative environments. The program provides a wide range of research opportunities for our students that covers molecules to man.

Faculty are located in East Lansing on the main campus of MSU, in the VanAndel Institute in Grand Rapids, and expansion is anticipated to the Detroit Medical Center and Macomb University Center in southeast Michigan.

Research Interests Include

  • Autonomic nervous system function
  • Neural development and plasticity
  • Neural imaging
  • Neural mechanisms of behavior
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Sensory and motor systems
  • Synaptic transmission
  • Signal transduction
  • Intracellular metabolism
  • Evolution

Diverse Model Systems

  • From flies to rodents to humans
  • From genes to molecules to systems

Current Approaches Include

  • Cre-Lox animal models
  • Electrophysiology
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Gene therapy
  • Computational modeling
  • Animal behavior
  • Neuroimaging
  • Optogenetics
  • Live confocal imaging