The internationally recognized Behavioral and Cellular Neuroscience (BCN) faculty at TAMU explores fundamental questions concerning the biological basis of behavior, including the neurobiology of learning and memory, drug addiction, psychopathology, and recovery of neural function after injury. Importantly, the BCN faculty affiliate with the Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience (TAMIN), which centers a variety of neuroscience activities (e.g., courses, seminars, symposia, research collaborations) on campus.
Graduate training in BCN focuses on laboratory research using cutting-edge neuroscience methods including opto- and chemogenetics, behavioral electrophysiology, two-photon microscopy, and molecular neurobiology. In the course of their training, students develop a close collaborative relationship with a primary advisor to develop a series of hypothesis-driven experiments that culminates in a dissertation. Throughout this process, BCN faculty members work closely with students to publish their work, and most students in the program publish several scientific papers in addition to their dissertation.
The BCN program prepares students for research and teaching positions in traditional academic settings, as well as positions in government and industry. For example, BCN graduates have obtained faculty positions at other first-rate academic institutions (e.g., University of Arizona, University of Missouri, Kent State University), as well as prestigious post-doctoral fellowships (e.g., Columbia University, Yale, and UCLA). Moreover, BCN graduate students have also been successful in recruiting extramural grants and fellowships to support their work.