Graduate Program in Neuroscience

The Program



Yeatman Lab

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary Neuroscience Ph.D. We are part of the Graduate School because of our interdisciplinary status. We currently have more than 170 faculty members with appointments in 27 different academic departments and 5 partner institutes. We have faculty in the School of Medicine, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering, and School of Public Health. Our faculty (and their labs) are 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 produce 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.