The Department of Neuroscience hosts more than 30 faculty investigators whose research programs collectively place a special emphasis on discovering and elucidating the fundamental mechanisms that govern neural circuit assembly and activity. Much of this work happens at the interface of neuroscience and neuropsychiatry, with particular relevance to intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders. The Department faculty has grown considerably over the past 6 years and currently constitutes 12 Assistant Professors, 3 Associate Professors, and 17 Full Professors.  Continued growth is planned in the near future.

Our labs have frequent publications in some of the world’s top neuroscience journals, including CellScience, Nature and Neuron. The department’s research also benefits from a wide variety of resources and collaborations throughout the university.  An especially important component defining the quality of the research environment is the opportunity to utilize outstanding research facilities.  There are many, including those that feature imaging, information analysis, molecular genetics, and behavioral analysis, to name a few: they offer education and access to cutting-edge techniques.

New Neuroscience Research Building

In March 2020, Washington University began construction on what will be one of the largest neuroscience research buildings in the country. This 11-story, 609,000 square-foot Neuroscience Research Building will complete construction in 2023 and bring together more than 100 research teams from disciplines including neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and anesthesiology.

Learn more about the building and visit the building project site.

Watch a video tour of the Neuroscience Research Building, slated for completion in 2023. Video: TILTPIXEL

Office of Neuroscience Research

The Office of Neuroscience Research (ONR) serves the broad Washington University neuroscience community across both the Danforth and Medical School campuses by providing research updates, advertising events, organizing symposia and promoting training opportunities in neuroscience.