Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB) offers Ph.D. as well as Plan A (Thesis) and Plan B (Coursework) M.S. degrees in Physiology and Neurobiology with concentrations in the areas of molecular, cellular, and systems level neurobiology, endocrinology, reproductive physiology, or liver biology.  Our graduate program offers opportunity for intellectual growth through learning and discovery, development of technical and problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and effective scientific communication.  Our faculty are very successful at obtaining grants from external funding agencies, making PNB consistently one of the best-funded departments at UConn.  We have an excellent record of placing doctoral graduates into postdoctoral positions at very prestigious institutions, and are the top-ranked department nationally by the National Research Council for placing our graduates in postdoctoral and industry positions.  Graduate students have considerable latitude in designing their plans of study and benefit from a broad curriculum encompassing many departments.   Students also receive training in manuscript and grant writing skills and have opportunities to hone teaching skills and to present findings at local and national meetings.  PNB currently has about 40 graduate students.

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PNB Research Facilities

The Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB) is located on the main campus of the University of Connecticut. The Department is housed primarily in the new state-of-the-art Pharmacy/Biology Building, with additional research and teaching space in the adjacent Torrey Life Sciences and Biology/Physics Buildings. The Department houses both shared and individual laboratories for behavioral, cellular, electrophysiological, and molecular research in physiology and neurobiology.  The Department also houses the University’s electron microscopy facility, which contains equipment for scanning and transmission EM as well as electron probe analysis.  We also have advanced light microscopy facilities and the use of the services of the Center for Genome Innovation, and transgenic, murine behavioral, proteomic, metabolomics, biophysics, and flow cytometry..