Neuroscience

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of the nervous system. The major is designed to provide students with the intellectual and technical skills necessary for a productive career in academics or industry. The core faculty members are located in the psychology and biological sciences departments, and graduate students have frequent interactions with the faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and other students through course work, research collaborations, and weekly seminars. Students are also part of the greater Milwaukee Area Neuroscience group, which includes faculty and students from UWM, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Marquette University. Students majoring in neuroscience learn a wide range of techniques working with laboratory animals and human subjects. These include, but are not limited to, experimental design, behavioral testing and analysis, neurophysiology, aseptic surgical techniques, quantitative protein and mRNA assays, immunohistochemistry, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Current research topics include: cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory; mapping brain areas involved in memory and emotion in humans and rodents using fMRI; effects of exercise on cerebral blood flow; mechanisms of recovery from brain damage; effects of aging on learning and memory; and the role of calcium and calcium binding proteins in ischemic cell death.