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Neuroscience Department

Exploring Minds, Illuminating Futures

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Neurobiology of Disease Research

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Basic Neuroscience Research

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Welcome From The Chair

Riqiang Yan, PhD

Riqiang Yan, PhD

The Department of Neuroscience has a rich history of research excellence since it had been formally established by Dr. Richard Mains in the year 2000. Currently, we have 26 faculty members, who are actively funded their research from various sources including the federal grants and philanthropic support. Our faculty and their laboratories utilize an interdisciplinary approach to research with the goal of understanding the normal function and disorders of the nervous system that may hold the key to developing novel therapies. We nurture an exceptionally collegial academic environment with high level of interaction and collaboration among laboratories in the Department and with other laboratories at UConn Health Center and at the UConn Storrs campus, all of which make the Department of Neuroscience a vibrant and dynamic place to do science.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Feb 29 Neuroscience Seminar Series - Akihiro Ishii, PhD 11:00am
  2. Mar 6 Neuroscience Journal Club - Hudabenko 12:00pm
  3. Mar 7 Neuroscience Seminar Series - Samer Hattar, PhD 11:00am
  4. Mar 13 No Journal Club Today 12:00pm
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Program Resources


Helpful contacts and series of milestones as you progress toward obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy degree from UConn Health.

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PhD in Biomedical Science


Our graduate students receive comprehensive interdisciplinary training in all areas of neuroscience and perform translational research at the highest level.

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Study Abroad Program


Held in Salamanca, Spain, this course is for graduate students in Neuroscience and Hearing Research and upper-level undergraduate students.

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Department and Program News

  • Christian Tallo in Mohan Lab receives NEI Travel Award
    Christian Tallo (class of 2026) is now the third student working in the vision research lab of Royce Mohan at the UCONN School of Medicine to win a prestigious travel award from the National Eye Institute. Christian will present his first author talk on restoring Schwann cell function in corneal chemical injury. This award enables […]
    Posted on February 13, 2024
  • High distinctions for medical students from the Mohan lab
    The Mohan lab is proud to announce the research achievements of students from the UCONN School of Medicine who will present their innovative results at the 2024 international conference Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) held in Seattle, WA. Michael Li, who is investigating the role of Schwann cells in corneal nerve regeneration, […]
    Posted on February 9, 2024
  • Targeting adult neurogenesis may be useful in treating PTSD
    A new study led by Drs. Tuncdemir and Grosmark recently published in Neuron is titled ‘Adult-born granule cells facilitate remapping of spatial and non-spatial representations in the dentate gyrus’. The hippocampus is brain structure central for several forms of memory including the episodic memories that let us keep track of what’s previously happened to us, and […]
    Posted on November 14, 2023
  • Trakhtenberg lab discovers novel mechanism of axon regeneration
    A new discovery from Trakhtenberg lab, recently published in Experimental Neurology, revealed a novel class of molecular regulators of axon regeneration. The discovery was covered in the news article, UConn Health Researchers Find that Youthful Proteins Help Nerves Regrow (by Kim Krieger, published in UConn Today). The study was funded by the NIH National Eye […]
    Posted on October 25, 2023