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Elucidating the mechanisms underlying brain function.

  • Faculty are highly collaborative with many joint research projects with other faculty on campus and throughout the country.
  • Neuroscience faculty bring in more than 1/3 of UT Austin’s NIH research dollars, including 4 NIH training grants—one of the most prestigious pre- and post-doc training programs in the country. 

  • The group represents one of the largest concentration of scientists studying the fields of learning and memory and alcohol addiction in the country.

The Department of Neuroscience faculty study molecular, cellular, behavioral, and computational neuroscience, with the goals of elucidating the mechanisms underlying brain function and providing a deeper understanding of brain disease and cognitive disorders. Research programs investigate areas including learning and memory, addiction, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Down syndrome, and epilepsy.


1,115 Undergraduate (in various degree programs) (Fall 2020)
53 affiliated Graduate (Fall 2020)


27 faculty
1 member of the National Academy of Sciences
4  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships
5  McKnight Foundation Awards
2 Searle Scholars Awards
2 Whitehall Foundation Awards
1  Presidential Early Career Award
2  National Science Foundation Career Awards
1 Kingenstein Fellowship
1 Gruber Award in Neuroscience
1 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
7 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards 


Alzheimer’s Disease / Behavioral Neuroscience / Cognition & Perception / Computational & Theoretical Neuroscience / Epilepsy / Depression / Functional & Molecular Imaging / Ion Channels / Neurotransmitter Receptors / Learning and Memory / Neural Development & Plasticity / Neurobiology of Addiction / Neurodegenerative Disease & Injury / Neuroendocrinology / Neurogenetics / Parkinson’s Disease / Schizophrenia / Synaptic Biology & Small Circuits / Systems & Integrative Neuroscience