[Comp-neuro] Deadline Jan 1: PhD program in Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine

Wei Ji Ma wjma at cpu.bcm.edu
Mon Dec 15 19:02:10 CET 2008

Dear colleagues,


I would greatly appreciate if you could forward the message below to
interested undergraduates, especially those with an interest in
computational neuroscience and/or neuroscience of disease. The deadline
for applications is January 1. Thanks!


Weiji Ma



The PhD Program in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston,


Neuroscientists have increasingly come to recognize that theory and
computational approaches are essential to understanding the human brain.
Baylor College of Medicine is at the forefront of this development, with
a core group of researchers working to incorporate theoretical and
quantitative methods into studies of sensation and cognition in health
and psychiatric disease. The Graduate Program in Neuroscience offers
students with a strong quantitative and analytical background the
opportunity to apply their skills to challenging problems in brain
research, while receiving world-class training across the breadth of


Physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering are not
traditionally associated with investigating human perception and
cognition. Yet students from these and related disciplines often possess
the skills and mindset necessary to help build theoretical frameworks
for experimental data. In the Department of Neuroscience at BCM, this
can take on many forms, such as advanced analysis of neuroimaging data,
computational studies using animal models of sensation and cognition,
studying the functional architecture of cortical circuits and how
information is processed across populations of neurons, investigating
the neural mechanisms of time perception, modeling anomalies of reward
processing in psychiatric patients, studying the dynamics of
decision-making in groups, or developing probabilistic theories of human


The computationally oriented neuroscience laboratories at BCM also
conduct human behavioral, neuroimaging or neurophysiological studies,
thereby allowing for a direct and fruitful interplay between theory and
experiment. This is aided by state-of-the-art imaging and computing
facilities, as well as active collaborations with other
neurophysiological laboratories and clinical divisions. Students of this
new approach will acquire the tools and training that will position them
uniquely for groundbreaking interdisciplinary research after the
completion of their program, as well as for many other possible career


The graduate program leading to a Ph.D. in neuroscience is designed as a
five-year program. In the first year, students complete basic courses
that provide them with a strong background in all facets of
neuroscience. Concurrently, they familiarize themselves with ongoing
research through rotations in the laboratories of Neuroscience faculty
of their choice. At the end of the first year, students choose an
advisor, enter into the lab full-time, and develop suitable thesis
research projects. At this stage, several electives devoted to advanced
theoretical and computational topics are available.


For more information about the neuroscience laboratories at BCM with a
theoretical/computational focus, visit the website of the Computational
Psychiatry Unit at http://cpu.bcm.edu/labs.html and the website of the
Gulf Coast Consortium for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience,
accessible from http://neuro.neusc.bcm.tmc.edu/?sct=emp_tcn. For more
information about the Graduate Program, visit http://neuro.bcm.edu/think
or contact Dr. Mariella De Biasi, Director of Graduate Studies, at
debiasi at bcm.edu. 


P.S. There is no application fee and our Program offers free tuition and
a very competitive stipend!



Wei Ji (Whee Ky) Ma, Ph.D.

Department of Neuroscience <http://neuro.bcm.edu/> 

Baylor College of Medicine <http://www.bcm.edu/> 

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 1-713-798-8407

http://neuro.bcm.edu/malab <http://neuro.bcm.edu/malab> 


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