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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 Ph.D. Neuroscience Gradute Program (NGP)

The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute developed and oversees the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) that unites scientists, educators and students across multiple Colleges and Departments where neuroscience faculty pursue their research, and from two internationally-recognized research institutes (the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the Scripps Research Institute), into a one of a kind training opportunity for those in the early stages of their neuroscientific careers.

Neuroscience has reached an extraordinarily exciting stage. Disciplines such as physics, biology, genetics, chemistry, psychology, anatomy, computer science, medicine and engineering, to name a few, are now powering discoveries at a rapid pace that reveal the basis of how we learn, think, remember, love and dream. These discoveries provide hope to millions with brain disorders that better diagnoses and treatments are within reach.