School of Medicine


Neurobiology and Anatomy

Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Anatomy

Program Purpose

The program provides students with a broad background in diverse areas of neurobiology and developmental biology, including developmental neurobiology, neurophysiology, neurogenetics, molecular neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and embryonic patterning and cell signaling, as well as the skills necessary to continue independent pursuit of knowledge. The program prepares students to conduct original, hypothesis driven research using state of the art techniques, and to communicate effectively about their research both in writing and orally. Students receiving a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Anatomy should be prepared to teach at the college level, pursue further research training at the postdoctoral level and/or work in industry. Specific details of the program requirements can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook (http://medicine.utah.edu/neurobiology-anatomy/medical-education.php).

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of their field of research;
  • understand and critically evaluate original research publications, as evidenced by journal club style presentations in graduate courses and lab meetings, and in written research proposals;
  • design, conduct and analyze independent, hypothesis driven research, as evidenced by successful completion and defense of a dissertation project;
  • communicate effectively in writing, as evidenced by preparation of research proposals, publication of manuscripts, and completion of a written dissertation.
  • demonstrate effective oral communication skills, as evidenced by successful defense of Preliminary Examination and Thesis proposals, presentations in Research in Progress, journal clubs and lab meetings, and an oral dissertation defense.
  • be prepared to teach at the college level, pursue further research training at the postdoctoral level and/or work in industry.