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The faculty of the Department of Neuroscience have research programs in many areas of cellular and molecular neuroscience with emphasis on synapse neurobiology and the use of neurogenetics approaches. Faculty research interests are relevant for understanding neurological diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, autism-spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, epilepsy and insomnias. An interactive group of departmental faculty is interested in neuron-glia interactions as related to neurological disease. 

The Department of Neuroscience coordinates neuroscience educational and research programs within the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences and the Tufts University School of Medicine. Our faculty participate in the Synapse Neurobiology Graduate Training Program that is directed by Michele Jacob, PhD. The department hosts the Tufts Neuroscience Seminar Series and a student/postdoc presentation series during the academic year.

In addition to educational and research activities, faculty of the department supervise activities of the Tufts Center for Neuroscience Research (CNR), a center funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS). The CNR supports four core research facilities located within departmental space, that provide services to all research labs of the medical school and its affiliated hospitals.

  • Neuroscience PhD Program

    Working to understand the form and function of the nervous system, with a particular emphasis on the synapse and glia-neuron interactions.
    micrograph of neurons
  • Annual Retreat

    Scientific sessions interspersed with opportunities for socializing and meeting new members of the program.
    Gathering of students and faculty

Contact Us

Additional information about our department can be obtained by contacting us.

Alison Hochler
Arnold Building, Room 209
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-636-3857
Fax: 617-636-2413

Shelley Antonio
Arnold Building, Room 202
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-636-3796
Fax: 617-636-2413