[Comp-neuro] PhD Program in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine

Wei Ji Ma wjma at cpu.bcm.edu
Wed Oct 22 21:35:52 CEST 2008

This announcement may be of particular interest to undergraduates in
physics, computer science, math, engineering, and related fields.


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


Neuroscientists increasingly recognize that theory and computational
approaches are essential to understanding how the human brain works.
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 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 cognition research, while
receiving world-class training across the breadth of neuroscience. 


Physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering are not
traditionally associated with investigating human cognition. Yet
students from these and related disciplines often possess the skills and
mindset that are necessary to create 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,
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 perception. 


Each of the computationally oriented neuroscience laboratories at BCM
also conducts human behavioral or neuroimaging 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 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 career paths. 


The graduate program leading to a Ph.D. in neuroscience is designed as a
five-year program. In the first year, students complete a series of
courses that provide them with a strong background in all facets of
neuroscience.  Concurrently, they familiarize themselves with ongoing
research through 3 to 5 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.


For more information about the neuroscience laboratories at BCM with a
theoretical/computational focus, please visit the website of the
Computational Psychiatry Unit at http://cpu.bcm.edu/labs.html. 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!


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