Leading the way to Discovery

Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB)

The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) is made up of a community of faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and staff who share a common goal: creating an exciting intellectual environment that optimizes our research and teaching missions. From boosting brain health to fighting Alzheimer’s disease and addiction, NBB researchers explore the mysteries and power of the MIND. UCI BioSci was the first institution worldwide to establish a department dedicated to neuroscience, launching it in 1964, five years before the Society for Neuroscience’s formation. NBB continues to innovate using techniques  such as advanced imaging to probe the mind’s extraordinary capacities. The faculty guides students in learning how the brain brings recollections, thoughts, emotions and consciousness into being.



NBB faculty have received a wide range of prestigious awards, both for their innovative research and for their commitment and excellence in teaching.

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Exciting opportunities exist for undergraduate BioSci students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology or Human Biology.



Our graduate training gives students a broad foundation in neuroscience, technical proficiency in an area of interest, and an understanding of the fundamentals and subtleties.

Research at NBB

A hallmark of our department is the value that we place on building bridges between laboratories and research centers that collectively promote collegial and productive collaborations across a wide range of areas within the broad spectrum of neuroscience. These areas include learning and memory, age-related neurodegenerative disorders, sensory and integrative neuroscience (at molecular, genetic, synaptic and systems levels), neuronal development, neurocomputation, and the neurobiology of substance abuse. This overall structure not only fosters extremely valuable interdisciplinary interactions, but also provides an exceptional training environment for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to become the future leaders in neuroscience.


November 15, 2022

Click for Full HHMI Release Carlene Chinn, a Fourth-year PhD candidate in UCI’s Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and adviser Dr. Marcelo Wood have been awarded the prestigious Gilliam Fellowship by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowships...

September 28, 2022

“If you only see something or just hear it, your reaction time is slower than when experiencing them with both senses simultaneously. We’ve identified the underlying mechanisms making this possible,” says corresponding author Gyorgy Lur. Our...

May 23, 2022

Sepideh Kiani Shabestari from Dr. Blurton-Jones' lab has been selected to receive a pre-doctoral training fellowship from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Training Grant....