Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies


Neuroscience is the study of how the brain and nervous system function. This scientific area has expanded enormously with technological advances and we are closer than ever to understanding how the brain works. The faculty at the University of Miami are at the forefront of these research areas, using state-of-the-art techniques such as optogenetics, light sheet microscopy and computer-brain interfaces.

The basic and clinical science departments of the University of Miami have a long-standing and internationally recognized record of graduate and postgraduate training in the neurosciences. Our students have access to a large number of dedicated neuroscientists across our three campuses.

Key Areas of Research

  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis
  • Ways in which addiction to nicotine, alcohol, and opioids alter brain chemistry
  • Strategies to repair damage to the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve caused by traumatic injury, ischemia or stroke
  • Detailed molecular mechanisms underlying the expression and function of ion channels and neurotransmitter receptors and their role in neuropathic pain and neuropathic itch
  • Sensory transduction in the visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory systems
  • Mechanisms of learning and memory and causes of dementia
  • Development of the nervous system with emphasis on axon growth and synapse formation

The most senior member of my lab has really stepped up as a leader, whether helping out with any questions about my research or coordinating social events for our lab—it has really created a strong sense of community among our members.

Christine Ryan