PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

This 64 credit doctoral program includes courses in Anatomy and Neuroscience that are part of the Medical School curriculum, are offered within this department or are offered by related departments on the Medical Campus. An integral part of the program is the requirement for students to participate as Teaching Fellows in Medical and Graduate school courses as part of our Vesalius Teaching Apprenticeship. The PhD program is designed to produce well-rounded biomedical scientists who expect to include both research and teaching in their career.

 The PhD curriculum consists of required courses, seminars and electives as well as Dissertation Research. Overview of the 64-credit PhD program:

  • Required Courses: 44-48 credits, including 4 credits of Department Seminar Courses.
  • Electives and/or Research: 20-24 credits

Required Courses (Anatomy focus: 48; Neuroscience focus: 44)

Medical Gross Anatomy OR Systems Neurobiology 8/4cr AN701/AN810
Medical Neuroscience 4cr AN703
Fundamentals of Cell & Molecular Neurobiology 4cr AN777
Cognitive Neuroscience OR Biomedical Imaging Foundations 4cr AN811/IM600
Methods in Neuroscience 4cr AN718
Advanced Neuroanatomy OR Cells, Organs and Tissues 4cr AN724/AN722
Exptl. Design & Statistical Methods OR Elementary Biostats 2cr AN704/MS700
Vesalius 1: Teaching in Biomedical Sciences 2cr AN806
Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship 6cr AN804
Scientific Writing 2cr AN803
Professional Skills 2cr AN715
Research Colloquium in Anatomy & Neurobiology (Journal Club) 2cr AN802
Two Departmental Seminar Course 4cr List Below

Advanced Seminar Courses:

Learning and Memory 2cr AN702
Dynamic Modeling 2cr AN820
Neurobiology of Aging (bi-annual) 2cr AN707
Neurology of Visual System (bi-annual) 2cr AN807

Elective Courses:

Advanced Clinical Anatomy 2cr AN708
Vesalius 3: Mentored Teaching Project (Practiucm) 2cr. AN805
Molecular Basis of Neurologic Disease 2cr MS783
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (bi-annual) 4cr AN716
Methods of Functional Imaging of the Brain 2cr IM630
Forensic Biology 2cr FS702
Forensic Pathology 3cr FS712
Molecular Biology of Forensic DNA 3cr FS720
Human Anatomy and Osteology 4cr FA712
Advanced Human Osteology 4cr FA806

Requirements for the optional PhD Vesalius Certificate:

Students are required to have taken at least two of the following prerequisite courses to pursue the Vesalius Certificate:

Medical Gross Anatomy 8cr AN701
Medical Neuroscience 4cr AN703
Systems Neurobiology 4cr AN810
Cognitive Neuroscience 4cr AN811

The certificate consists of three courses/components, two of which (Vesalius 1 & 2) are included in the list of required courses for all PhD students. The program begins with a course on the development of teaching skills in the biomedical sciences. This is followed by a teaching apprenticeship (240 hours service as a Teaching Fellow in one or more of the medical or graduate required courses, above), and concludes with a Mentored Teaching Project that involves the development of a didactic lesson or exercise under the direct mentorship of experienced and award-winning faculty.

Vesalius 1: Teaching in the Biomedical Sceinces 2cr AN806
Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship 6cr AN804
Vesalius 3: Mentored Teaching Project (Practicum) 2cr AN805

Example of a typical curriculum for PhD students (see required courses and options above)

Year 1: Fall

Medical Gross Anatomy OR Systems Neurobiology 8/4cr AN701/AN801
Medical Neuroscience (Credits assigned in spring) 4cr AN703
Exptl. Design & Statistical Methods OR Elementary Biostats 2cr AN704/MS700

Year 1: Spring

Cognitive Neuroscience AND/OR Advanced Neuroanatomy 4cr AN811/AN724
Vesalius 1: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences 2cr AN806
Research Colloquium in Anatomy & Neurobiology (Journal Club)* 2cr AN801/802
Elective(s) 2Cr List above

*Journal club is taken once each year, but only one time for credit

Year 2: Fall

Fundamentals of Cell & Molecular Neurobiology 4cr AN777
Cell, Organs, and Tissues (Histology) or elective(s) 4Cr AN722
Scientific Writing 2cr AN803

Year 2: Spring (Note that this is when most students take their PhD qualifying exam

Advanced Seminar 2cr List above
Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences 2cr AN715
Elective(s) variable

Year 3: Fall

Research variable
Elective(s) variable List above
Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship** 6cr AN805

**Continues to 240 hours

Year 3: Spring

Research variable
Elective(s) variable List above
Advanced Seminar variable List above

Year 4:

Research and Dissertation variable

Year 5:

Research and Dissertation variable