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

Neuroanatomy: Basic and Applied

Student Advisory Committee

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 generous stipend ($31,300 in 2013) and a benefits package that helps make Albert Einstein College of Medicine a great place to be, in or out of the laboratory. To learn more about the benefits of student life at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 


  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • A minimum of four 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.

Student Advisory Committees

Student advisory committees consist of faculty members that play a central role in graduate student training. Initially, the committees aid students in their selection of courses and laboratory rotations. Later, as Thesis Advisory Committees, they 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.

Temporary Advisory Committee:
A Temporary Student Advisory Committee will be formed for students upon admission to the Einstein Graduate Division. The Temporary Student Advisory Committee will meet with the student at the beginning and end of the first semester to discuss course selections, provide advice on laboratory research rotations and review both academic and research progress.

Thesis Advisory Committee:
By the end of the first year, students who declare the Neuroscience Department must select a PhD thesis advisor. The chairman of the Department of Neuroscience must approve this choice. At that time, a Thesis Advisory Committee must be constructed by the student in consultation with his/her thesis advisor. The Thesis Student Advisory Committee usually consists of four members, including the thesis advisor. The thesis advisor cannot function as the Chairperson of this Committee. The role of the Thesis Advisory Committee is to monitor completion of Departmental course requirements, approve the student's readiness for the Qualifying Examination and 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 one meeting of his or her Thesis Advisory Committee every six months. 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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