Research Facilities

Facilities and Environment

The Neuroscience Department faculty have laboratories, lab and seminar space on the fourth floor of the connected L and E buildings, and associated faculty are usually at most a few floors away. Departmental facilities include all the necessary space and equipment to perform studies ranging from the psychoacoustics of binaural hearing to the introduction of site-directed mutations using the polymerase chain reaction; from the molecular basis of retinal degeneration to the neurobiology of substance abuse; from the effects of loud noise on the physiology and anatomy of various stages in the auditory system to the biology of myelin production; from schizophrenia to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to spinal motor atrophy; from excitotoxins to multiple sclerosis; from second messengers to apoptosis; from computer models of cell biology to computer models of neural circuits; from embryonic development to geriatric neurology; and from fetal alcohol syndrome to purification of proteins for crystallographic studies. Support for graduate students is provided via an NIH training grant, departmental funds and research grants to individual faculty, plus there is institutional support for graduate fellowships.