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Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience

The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Stony Brook University offers a university-wide PhD training program designed to provide broad training opportunities for students interested in careers in the neurosciences. Students can enter from their undergraduate training or through the MD/PhD program.

The PhD program provides a broad educational background in neurobiology, experience in teaching, and the opportunity to pursue original doctoral research in one of over 40 laboratories. The program includes scientists at SUNY Stony Brook, recently ranked number two in the Graham/Diamond study of public research institutions, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, an internationally renowned private research institute, and at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a prominent multidisciplinary research facility of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Congratulations to ...

  • Olivia Swanson (Maffei lab) for being awarded the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Distinguished Travel Award for 2018.
  • Mala Ananth (Role  lab) for being awarded the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Distinguished Travel Award for 2018.
  • Kevin Chan (Wollmuth lab) for being awarded the Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for 2017.
  • Gregory Kirschen (Ge Lab) for being awarded an NIH Individual Fellowship (NRSA) for 2016.  
  • Raja Pillai (Parsey lab) for being awarded an NIMH F30 fellowship (6/7/2016)
  • Luisa Le Donne (La Camera lab) for being selected for the 2016 Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Summer School, CHS-Asia, NYU-Shanghai campus, Shanghai, China (3/30/2016)
  • Lyl Tomlinson (Colognato Lab) for being awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (9/15)
  • Jesse Levine (Huang Lab) for being awarded an NIH Individual Fellowship (NRSA) for the 2015-2016 year (9/15/15)
  • Ashleigh Lussenden (Talmage / Role Lab) for being awarded an NSF Fellowship (3/31/2015)
  • Jason Tucciarone (Huang Lab) for his published paper in Nature. More info here (1/21/2015)
  • Ariel Negron for receiving an Outstanding Abstract Award from the Endocrine Society (2015) 
  • Ariel Negron for being awarded an AGEP-T FRAME Research Grant Award (4/2015) 
  • Lyl Tomlinson (Colognato Lab) for being awarded an AGEP-T FRAME Research Grant Award (4/2015) 
  • Ashleigh Lussenden (Talmage/Role Lab) for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (3/31/2015)
  • Ariel Negron (Acosta Martinez Lab) for being awarded the Turner Conference Travel Award to support his participation in the ENDO Conference (3/05/2015)
  • Jason Tucciarone (Huang Lab) for his recent paper published in Nature. More info here (1/21/2015)
  • Lyl Tomlinson (Colognato Lab) for being accepted into the Society for Neuroscience's Neuroscience Scholar's Program (2014-2016)
  • Haixin Liu (Fontanini lab) for his paper published in PNAS (12/12/2014)
  • Rashek Kazi (Wollmuth lab) for his paper published in Nature Neuroscience (5/25/2014)
  • Elizabeth Ballinger (Role Lab) for being awarded an NRSA, F30 from NIMH (1/09/2014)
  • Our new PhD Graduates as of Spring 2014: Trevor Griffen, Rashek Kazi, Tanvir Khan, James Lederman, Mallory Locklear and Freyja McClenahan.
  • Eric Szelenyi (Osten Lab) for being awarded the 2014 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.
  • Sneha Rao (Shelly Lab) for receiving the Best Poster Award at International Conference on "Adult Neurogenesis - from Stem Cells to Therapies", held in Mumbai, India (2014)nat
  • Lyl Tomlinson (Colognato Lab) for receiving an AGEP-T FRAME Research Grant for his research project entitled "The Effect of Aerobic Exercise on Oligodendrocyte Precursor Development" (2014).
  • Sean Kelly (Huang lab) for receiving the NIMH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship (2013-2016)
  • Quan 'Alfred' Gan (Lonnie Wollmuth lab) has been awarded the AHA Predoctoral Fellowship (2013).
  • Jiook Cha (Mujica-Parodi lab) was selected to receive GSO's Distinguished Student Award for Spring 2013.
  • Ariel Negron (Acosta-Martinez lab) was selected to receive a Turner Fellowship Travel Award for Fall 2013.
  • Mallory Lockear (Kritzer lab) for being chosen to present her research at the Provost's Graduate Student Lecture Series in the 2013 Fall series.
  • Rashek Kazi (Lonnie Wollmuth lab) received the Graduate Program in Neuroscience Outstanding Manuscript Award for 2013.
  • Sean Kelly (Josh Huang lab) received the Graduate Program in Neuroscience Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2013.
  • Jason Tucciarone (Josh Huang lab) received the award for Outstanding Presentation at the Annual Graduate Symposium in Neuroscience, fall 2013.