Institute of Neuroscience

Tackling big questions in neuroscience while preparing students for a career in this exciting field.

Learn more about our academic programs, our award-winning faculty and our collaborative centers resulting in cutting-edge research.

About us

Training in fundamental concepts and methods emphasizing interdisciplinary and integrative approaches

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About the Institute

Learn more about our unique and collaborative Institute that combines award-winning researchers, cutting-edge facilities, and interdisciplinary degree programs to become one of the country's leaders in Neuroscience.

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Major in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major leading to a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience offering comprehensive training in brain sciences, with Psychology courses that offer a cognitive/systems perspective and Biology courses ranging from animal behavior to neurons and molecular mechanisms.

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Graduate degree program

The Integrative Neuroscience graduate program includes more than 60 faculty members from 10 University departments. Learn more about admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and resources for student support.

Discover areas of expertise and meet the faculty within each area to find a research direction you love. 

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Research areas

Our neuroscience research faculty have expertise in have expertise in molecular/cellular, cognitive and computational neuroscience and are supported with state-of-the-art facilities.

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Participating faculty

Faculty are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive research and learning environment and work closely with doctoral students in our Integrative Neuroscience Graduate Program and undergraduates earning their B.S in neuroscience.

Achievements and announcements

Neuroscience faculty Paul MacNeilage and Mark Lescroart, along with faculty members at two partner institutions, awarded NSF grant to create a database of first-person visual experiences.

Congratulations to Paul MacNeilage and Mark Lescroart, co-PIs in an exciting research project involving creating a first-of-its-kind database of video open to researchers worldwide in order to study human behavior and development through first-person experiences. The project received an NSF grant of more than $2 million.

Hector Arciniega recipient of prestigious National Institute of Health (NIH) fellowship

Neuroscience Ph.D. student Hector Arciniega received the prestigious National Institute of Health (NIH) fellowship: Blueprint Diversity Specialized Pre-doctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award. The two-phase award will assist Hector in completing his doctoral dissertation as well as transition him into a postdoctoral research position.

Samantha Lee awarded a Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship

Samantha Lee, a Ph.D. student in the Strother Lab, was awarded the Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year. The Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship for promising, newly admitted graduate students is a one-year award in the amount $10,000, disbursed as two equal sums at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Gideon Caplovitz and Ph.D. students Taissa Lytchenko and Kyle Killebrew learn the cognitive processes of the octopus

Gideon Caplovitz, graduate students Taissa Lytchenko and Kyle Killebrew and partners at Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island have been awarded $300,000 to perform the first neural recording in an octopus! Read the Nevada Today article about the National Science Foundation Award

Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from Integrative Neuroscience and the departments and centers that contribute to the program.

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First-person video dataset aims to catch people looking (at everything)

Three universities collaborating to develop visual archive to be used for research, artificial intelligence development

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Partnership yields new technology for neuroscience research, patient care

Renown Health and the University bring the latest in advanced brain imaging – the ‘gold standard’ for research – to Northern Nevada

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Institute for Neuroscience to help a multidisciplinary center of excellence become even stronger

James Kenyon named director of University of Nevada, Reno institute designed to complement and extend the energy, experience and potential in the neurosciences