Welcome to the Neuroscience Program at Washington University in St. Louis

Our Program offers outstanding neuroscience education for Ph.D. students and exciting research opportunities for Postdoctoral scientists. The Program includes a broad spectrum of research laboratories that study how the brain works, how it develops and how it malfunctions in disease. We take pride in our friendly and vibrant work environment. Please explore our site to learn about the curriculum, the graduate admissions process, the neuroscience community, and city of St. Louis. Please see the Letter from our Program Directors.


Washington University's Program in Neuroscience ranks among the top programs globally (US News).

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has awarded Dr. Erik Herzog, director of the St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline Program and immediate past co-director of the Washington University Neuroscience Program, the 2018 Award for Education in Neuroscience. The honor recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to neuroscience education and training and was presented in San Diego at Neuroscience 2018, SfN's annual meeting and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. Also receiving the award, Gönül Peker, PhD, professor emeritus at Ege University, Turkey.

Xitong Liang, a graduate student co-mentored by Drs. Paul Taghert and Tim Holy, has been awarded a Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship. Olin Fellows are recognized for past achievement and the promise of a distinguished career in the biomedical sciences.  The Olin Fellowship is the highest award accorded a student by the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences. 

The winners of the 42nd Annual James L. O’Leary Prize Competition for Research in Neuroscience for 2019 are Kow Essuman, graduate student and trainee in the Jeffrey Milbrandt laboratory (Genetics) and Anish Mitra, predoctoral trainee in the Marcus Raichle laboratory (Radiology).

See also the Office of Neuroscience Research