Graduate Programs

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 focuses on the development of technical skills, critical thinking, and effective scientific communication.  Our faculty and graduate students are very successful at obtaining grants from external funding agencies, in fact, around 10% of our graduate students have predoctoral fellowships!


World Class Research in Physiology & Neuroscience

PNB consistently one of the best-funded departments at UConn, which allows us to provide an outstanding training environment and world class research facilities.  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.

Career Opportunities

According to the National Research Council, PNB is a top ranked program nationally for trainee placement into postdoctoral and industry positions. Our recent graduates are highly successful at finding employment in both academic and industrial positions!

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 PNB 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 routinely use the services of the Center for Genome Innovation, transgenic, mouse behavioral, proteomic, metabolomic, biophysics, and flow cytometry facilities.