The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology is nationally and internationally recognized for providing unique training for PhD and Masters level graduate students seeking research training in systems and translational neuroscience, applied anatomy as well as teaching in medical and graduate school settings.

Our research mission is to understand the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological basis of normal cognition, circadian rhythms, development, learning and memory, and how these processes are altered in normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cerebrovascular disease, Down syndrome and Parkinson’s disease.

Our anatomical mission is to train our students in classic anatomical sciences and dynamic applied anatomy (Biomedical Forensics Sciences, Forensic Anthropology). Training takes place in a medical school setting as students take courses with, and later teach, 1st year medical and dental students.

Our teaching mission (the “Vesalius module”) is to develop students into skilled instructors in Medical School courses including Gross Anatomy, Histology and Medical Neuroscience that significantly enhance qualifications and competitiveness for employment in academic medical centers as well as in undergraduate institutions. The Vesalius module is both an integral component of the PhD program in Anatomy & Neurobiology and the core component of the two-year MS program in Anatomy & Neurobiology: Vesalius Path.