Carol Elias, Ph.D.

Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Michigan Neuroscience Institute Affiliate

Elizabeth W. Caswell Diabetes Institute


Dear all,

The Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) at the University of Michigan is outstanding!   It is a university-wide interdisciplinary program with over 170 affiliated faculty from the Medical School, College of Literature Science and Arts, College of Engineering, School of Dentistry, School of Kinesiology, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health who hold appointments in more than 30 departments or institutes. 

As the longest standing Neuroscience PhD program in the country, the NGP has built an exceptional curriculum over the years.  It combines integrative and interdisciplinary courses, weekly seminars, symposia, and journal clubs with the aim to dynamically prepare the students for the next steps of their career. In fact, more than 250 accomplished alumni work in nearly all science-related jobs worldwide, from academic and industrial research, to development, innovation, biotechnology, and science policy.

The NGP embraces the complete spectrum of neuroscience training and incorporates the full range of multidisciplinary techniques in a collegial and supportive environment.  This integration across disciplines is only possible due to the highly collaborative research and activities among the NGP faculty, promoting unmatched research experience in multiple levels.   

Another strength of the NGP is its truly remarkable body of students.   While diverse (around 60% women and 30% from underrepresented groups), they uniformly excel academically and in research always focused on understanding the complexity of the nervous system.  The students are the main driving force for many of the NGP extracurricular activities (e.g., annual retreat, Spring symposium, and community outreach) which foster a cohesive neuroscience community on campus.

The NGP’s ultimate goal is to prepare the future leaders in the field of neuroscience by providing the training and expertise necessary to succeed in any scientific career the students may choose.

Welcome and Go Blue!