Graduate Program in Neuroscience

UW Graduate Program in Neuroscience

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program with approximately 70 current students, and more than 170 faculty members with appointments in 27 different academic departments and five partner institutes. Our program’s goal is to provide broad accessible training in neuroscience to our students, capitalizing on the diverse set of research interests of our faculty. 

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations. It is in this land where we work, teach, and learn. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at UW. These values guide our daily actions and are central to our educational mission. 

We believe that equity and inclusion are basic human rights, and we must make deliberate, visible, and measurable efforts to uphold these principles to promote diversity. 

We acknowledge the barriers of institutional and systemic racism and the obstacles that biases create. We are committed to deconstruct them via the implementation of anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive policies. 

We recognize and encourage individual differences and backgrounds that enrich our community. With this in mind, we strive to engage those who have been historically excluded and exploited. We aim to cultivate an inclusive and collegial environment in which we all can thrive.  

We also recognize the role played by the enslavement of Black and Indigenous people as well as immigrants in the building and shaping of our country.  

The scientific endeavor is deeply anchored in, and benefits from, the ocean of individual perspectives and cultures that converge in a community space of respect and collaboration to advance human knowledge. Our goal as a program is to be that space. 



Yeatman Lab

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience has faculty in the School of Medicine, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering, and School of Public Health. Our faculty (and their labs) are located in the UW Medical Center, the Health Sciences, Upper Campus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC), Seattle Children’s Research Institute, South Lake Union site of UW Medicine, the Regional VA Hospital/Med Center, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Our current students span most of those sites.


Palmiter Lab


The study of neuroscience is one of the most exciting and challenging areas of human endeavor.

The goal of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience is to provide broad training in neuroscience. The diversity of our faculty’s research interests allows us to provide interdisciplinary training drawing from a variety of topics, techniques and perspectives, including neuroanatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, biophysics, pharmacology, in vivo brain imaging (e.g., fMRI, M-EEG), computational modeling and behavior. A graduate of our program will be well versed in the neurosciences, prepared to conduct independent research, and equipped to pursue a variety of career paths.

170+ faculty members of the University of Washington provide outstanding graduate training in all areas of modern neuroscience.  Our students perform cutting-edge research, at a leading research university, in one of the most famously livable American cities.

What does it mean that we are a ‘Program’ and not a ‘department’? It means that we draw faculty from departments across campus and from affiliated institutes across Seattle to train our students. Students in our program are often considered to be de facto members of the department in which their faculty mentors have a primary appointment, but their diplomas show that their PhD degree is in Neuroscience. Our faculty and students are bound together by a common commitment to graduate education in Neuroscience, and we all benefit from the synergy of our diverse approaches to understanding the brain.