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What makes the University of Utah Neuroscience Ph.D. Program unique?



Only interdepartmental program at U of U that offers a Ph.D.


Thesis laboratories are available in over 70 laboratories from 14 participating departments.


Lectures from visiting scientists, retreats at the Snowbird Resort, student retreats and Brain Institute symposia expose students to research being conducted internationally.

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Birdshot chorioretinopathy is so named because ocular fundus looks like damaged by shotgun pellets.

“Birdshot” as it is called is a rare retinal disease that Moran Eye Center is a center for study.

Photo courtesy of Albert T. Vitale





Our research is centered on studying the development of CNS connectivity and neurodevelopmental disorders. Neurodevelopmental disorders are very common, but poorly understood in terms of their pathophysiology and effects on CNS development. To address these disorders, we are taking both a gene-specific approach, as well as a non-biased strategy.

Image: Transgenic zebrafish; with labeling in the dopamine neurons. Normal motor development requires input from these neurons.

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Last Updated: 8/18/17