Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Graduate Program


In This Section

The faculty and students of the Department of Neuroscience are investigating a wide range of nervous system operations in the developing and mature organism.  Organizational levels range from molecules and neurons to neural systems and cognitive functions.

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience 

Developmental Neuroscience 

Systems Neuroscience 

Cell Biology of Neuronal Function 

Neurobiology of Brain Disease 

Qualifying Exam 

Thesis Defense 


Ph.D. Application Procedure

  • All prospective students apply directly to the Graduate Division of Biomedical Sciences rather than to individual departments for admission to the Ph.D. program. See Ph.D. Program Description
  • Complete information and answers to frequently asked questions about the Ph.D. application process may be found here: Click here to apply

Stipend, Tuition Remission, and Benefits

If you are accepted, you will receive full tuition remission, a stipend and a benefits package. Learn more about the student life at Einstein here


  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (Six credits) 
  • Developmental Neuroscience (Five credits) 
  • Systems Neuroscience (Five credits) 
  • Fulfill the remainder of requisite course credits (21 in total) through additional elective courses

If, under unusual circumstances a student wishes to enroll in a non-Einstein course, this request must be pre-approved by the Department of Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee.

Students are required to attend department-hosted weekly seminars, and student-driven works-in-progress (WIP) sessions.

Student Advisory Committees

By the end of the first year, students declare a lab (or co-lab mentorship) affiliated with the Neuroscience Department. The chairman of the Department of Neuroscience must approve this choice. The student and mentor(s) will select a student advisory committees consisting of faculty members that will play a guiding role in the graduate student training. 

Thesis Advisory Committee:
The Thesis Student Advisory Committee usually consists of four faculty members, including the mentor. The thesis mentor cannot function as the Chairperson of this Committee. These faculty evaluate the laboratory work that constitutes the research component of the PhD degree. The regular meetings of these committees and the filing of written reports of their content with the Departmental Chairman and the Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee are departmental requirements for the PhD degree. The role of the Thesis Advisory Committee is to advise the student during execution of the PhD research and the writing of the PhD thesis.

Scheduling and Documentation of Thesis Advisory Committee Meetings:
It is the responsibility of each student to schedule a meeting of their Thesis Advisory Committee per school guidelines. A synopsis of the meeting and any recommendations by the committee will be written by the chairperson of the Committee and distributed to the student and members of the Committee. The Committee reports will be included in the student's academic file and copies will also be distributed to the Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and the Chairperson of the Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee. At least twice a year, the Graduate Education Committee will convene to review these reports and the actions of the Thesis Advisory Committees. The regular meeting of Advisory Committees and the filing of the corresponding written reports are Departmental requirements for the PhD degree.

Ex-Officio Members:
The chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and the Chairman of the Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee are ex-officio members of all Thesis Advisory Committees and may elect to attend any Thesis Advisory Committee meeting.

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