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.

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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.

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Faculty

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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Undergraduates

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

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Graduates

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.

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.

News

February 9, 2021

Ph.D. student Angeline Dukes’ drive to bring equity to her field is gaining wide attention Ph.D. student Angeline Dukes photo: Steve Zylius/UCI “Sooooo, when are we doing a #BlackInNeuro week?” When Angeline Dukes sent this tweet last July 3,...

December 7, 2020

Chancellor’s Professor Thomas Lane, Neurobiology & Behavior, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was named a fellow for distinguished research and service in the field of...

December 3, 2020

According to a new study published in the Journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the main psychotropic component of cannabis, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is differentially processed by the bodies of adolescent female and male rats. The study was headed by Neurobiology...