Graduate Students

About Us

UConn's Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB) is a well-funded department offering a wide range of cutting-edge resources and facilities. PNB graduate students have considerable flexibility designing their plans of study and benefit from a broad, interdisciplinary curriculum. Our students receive training in manuscript and grant writing, and are encouraged to present findings at local and national conferences. They also have an excellent record of continuing onto successful careers, ranking us among the top nationwide departments in post-doc and industry position placements according to the National Research Council.

Graduate Programs

We offer a Ph.D. program and different M.S. programs that are either thesis or coursework focused, with concentrations in:

  • Molecular / Cellular / Systems Neuroscience
  • Endocrinology
  • Liver Biology
  • Reproductive Physiology

Our graduate program focuses on the development of technical skills, critical thinking, and effective scientific communication. Our faculty are leaders in their fields and work closely with students to conduct cutting-edge research. In addition to these advanced degrees in Physiology and Neurobiology, our department offers a one-year M.S. program in Surgical Neurophysiology for students who are interested in intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM).

Research Facilities

Our department is located in UConn's main campus and housed primarily in the new state-of-the-art Pharmacy/Biology Building. Additional research and teaching spaces are located in the adjacent Torrey Life Sciences and Biology/Physics Buildings.

In addition to well equipped individual laboratories, we have shared equipment within the department. We also have access to the University’s shared facilities such as the Bioscience Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Advanced Light Microscopy Laboratory, Center for Genome Innovation, Computational Biology Core, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility, Flow Cytometry, Statistics Consulting Services, the machine shop, and the vivarium.

Financial Aid & Support

Our graduate students are financially supported with competitive Graduate Assistantships, subsidized health insurance, and travel allowances. Full tuition is waived for graduate students who are awarded half or full teaching assistantships with full time registration (six credits or more and maintaining a 3.0 or better grade average). UConn graduate assistants are represented by the Graduate Employee Union which works to assure competitive wages, affordable healthcare, and safe working conditions free of harassment.