Anatomy & Neurobiology is a highly collaborative department in which cutting edge research methods are used to characterize the structure and function of the cerebral cortex in health and disease and across the lifespan. We are also widely recognized for excellence in teaching neuroscience, anatomy, biomedical imaging and forensic sciences in the graduate and medical school setting.
With roots tracing back to 1886, the Department is nationally recognized for its strong research programs in neuroscience and its innovative discoveries over the past 50 years. These discoveries include: The identification of fine structural components of neurons (spines, axons, myelin); seminal structural descriptions of the neuroanatomical features of autism and dyslexia; mapping of the organization and connectivity of neocortical circuits; discovery of the preservation of cortical neurons but damage to myelin in normal aging; and the identification of the unique pattern of memory loss in Alzheimer’s Disease. Within these laboratories our PhD and Masters students conduct research using state-of-art methodologies, and through the Department’s unique Vesalius Program, under the guidance of our record award-winning faculty, are trained to become the next generation of highly effective and innovative educators in the biomedical sciences.