The Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology is comprised of a world-class team of scientists who focus their research activities in the field of neuroscience, with emphases on molecular, cellular and systems neurobiology.
The UCI campus has been ranked consistently among the top academic institutions, measured by the impact of its research in the field of neuroscience and the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology houses dedicated scientists in both the basic sciences and clinical sciences.
Finding out what steers the nervous system towards a neurological disease or towards the repair of neurons, is the task of faculty and staff of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology.
The Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology has been growing steadily in the number of its faculty and the scope of their research programs. The department now includes 15 full time faculty members and 15 joint appointees.
Research projects currently underway in our department are designed to discover treatments and cures for: epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, learning and memory disorders, drug addiction, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), deafness and other hearing disorders, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, mental retardation and more.
The education and training of the next generation of neuroscientists is one of the primary missions of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.
Our graduate education program includes didactic coursework across the field of neuroscience, intensive and interactive seminar discussions, ongoing journal clubs and a yearly presentation of a graduate's work to the scientific community.
Emphasis is placed on direct involvement in state-of-the-art laboratory research, and students are involved in research projects from the beginning of their graduate studies.
The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology offers graduate training in the neurosciences in conjunction with the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP) or Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).
Southern California has one of the best climates in the world with year-round average temperatures in the 70's.
Our research facilities are located in the City of Irvine, less than 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, 40 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego.
We are within a 2-hour drive of the mountains and deserts where there are many opportunities for surfing, skiing, sailing, fishing, biking, snowboarding, hiking and camping.
World-class vineyards are within a 4-hour drive and close to the entertainment capitol of the world, there are numerous attractions for families and guests.
The Irvine area offers theater, comedy clubs, night life, art museums and many and varied notable restaurants. Irvine has been rated as "one of America’s safest cities."