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Welcome to Integrative Biology and Neuroscience at FAU & MPFI!


Doctoral Degree in Integrative Biology-Neuroscience

Integrative Biology-Neuroscience is a joint FAU-Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience program. The program, which admitted its first students in Fall 2011, is housed within the Department of Biological Sciences. Completion of the neuroscience concentration provides students with both knowledge and practical experience in the neuroscience field at an advanced level. In the evolving and growing field of neuroscience, students who complete the IBNS concentration will have the appropriate training to succeed both within and outside of academia. The neuroscience curriculum focuses strongly on knowledge-based and experimental-based neuroscience courses and includes training in scientific methodologies. IBNS faculty are active experts in their respective neuroscience fields and will support development of the students who can focus on a number of research areas, including neuronal circuitry, learning and memory, neurodegeneration, drug discovery, stress neurobiology, neurogenetics and/or neurodevelopment. The Scripps Research Institute of Florida has partnered with FAU and also contributes expertise to this program.

The neuroscience concentration falls under the umbrella of the Integrative Biology major and students accepted to the concentration are subject to all Integrative Biology policies and regulations as well as additional regulations that are specific to each concentration. 

Participants in the Integrative Biology Ph.D. Program are also eligible to complete an en passant Master's degree (along the way). Additional information about Integrative Biology concentration options and the Master's Along the Way (MALW) option can be found here. 




The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Synapses and Circuits is a fully funded graduate program jointly hosted between the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Florida Atlantic University. The IMPRS for Synapses and Circuits offers fully funded Ph.D. positions in neuroscience and is the only IMPRS program in the United States. Students wishing to be considered for admission to IMPRS for Synapses and Circuits must apply and be accepted to both FAU's IB-Neuroscience PhD Program and the International Max Planck Research School for Synapses and Circuits

FAU Brain Institute Sponsored Graduate Neuroscience Training Program

The Graduate Neuroscience Training Program  is a coordinated point of entry for graduate trainees in neuroscience at FAU and supports the training efforts of neuroscience faculty from the Colleges of Science, Medicine, and Engineering. The program provides for an integrated and well-rounded experience for PhD students, exposing trainees to the breadth of neuroscience inquiry through a common 1st year curriculum and shared seminars from nationally recognized neuroscientists. In the first year, students are introduced to the research of potential Ph.D. mentors and three different Ph.D. programs (Integrated Biology-Neuroscience, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, and Experimental Psychology) via program-specific workshops and laboratory rotations. Program students receive nationally competitive stipends, medical insurance coverage, and financial assistance with relocation. The program embraces research opportunities in theoretical, fundamental and translational neuroscience, and through the three graduate programs it sponsors, offers opportunities for affiliations and collaborations with leading research centers and institutes, including the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the Scripps Research Institute.