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


The primary goal of the Neuroscience Program at Utah is to develop well-rounded scientists who are passionate about science and will become the next generation of leaders in our society. 

The Neuroscience PhD Program at the University of Utah offers rigorous training through a combination of coursework, research training, mentoring, and professional development. More than 70 program faculty from 14 participating departments provide broad expertise from molecular and cellular neuroscience, to systems and cognitive neuroscience. 

Students receive hands-on training and mentorship within a world-class research environment, collegial and collaborative mentorship and a vibrant research community. They have the unique opportunity to develop professionally through a variety of student leadership roles, such as organizing the Annual Snowbird Neuroscience Symposium and Neuroscience Program Speaker Series 


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 If you have questions regarding our Ph.D. program and you want to know more about the exciting opportunities for neuroscience students here in Utah, please email and schedule a virtual meeting with our Recruitment Chair, Dr. Jim Heys

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Nikki Link


Dr. Nichole Link employs Drosophila to model human microcephaly and neurodevelopmental disorders caused by genetic variation and environmental pathogens. Characterization of genes associated with these human diseases in a genetic model system can lead to diagnoses for patients, illuminate mechanisms of disease pathogenesis, and identify essential pathways that govern brain size.  Her lab interrogates how these pathways function during neuronal development and in disease states.





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Last Updated: 1/15/21