Fluorescent micrographs

Compilation of student submitted fluorescent micrographs, acquired during the Fall 2018 NEUR:2035 Neuroscience Laboratory course. Coronal mouse brain sections were stained using immunohistochemical techniques to fluorescently label various brain cell types and structures. Neuronal Nuclei(blue), Neurons(red), Astrocytes(green), and NISSL Bodies(yellow). Courtesy of Dr. Kimbrough.

The Neuroscience program at Virginia Tech takes a very broad view of Neuroscience considering any interactions that are directed or perceived by the nervous system as Neuroscience. For example, any expression of artistry is generated and perceived by brain circuits, as are emotions, motivation, empathy, passion and compassion. Communications between cells, individual organisms, organismal groups and even societies are governed by brain activity.

Whether a student wishes to pursue Neuroscience research in the future or simply acquire this wealth of knowledge, understanding Neuroscience makes us more competent human beings, and provides us skills to be applied to a multitude of careers in art, music, architecture, urban and community planning, law, finance, policy, politics, health care and many other professions.

Our Curriculum

Students in the School of Neuroscience program learn directly from experts in the field about advances in genetic, cellular, molecular, cognitive and systems Neuroscience.  Choose your major from Clinical Neuroscience, Experimental Neuroscience, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Computational and Systems Neuroscience.

Clinical Neuroscience Major

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Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Major

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Computational and Systems Neuroscience Major

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Experimental Neuroscience Major

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Current Job Openings

As our growth continues, the School of Neuroscience is currently seeking the following candidates:


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Meet Saket Bikmal, freshman student in Computational and Systems Neuroscience. He is also an entrepreneur co founder of Zenaviv, Inc., a social enterprise that promotes the visual arts of people with autism to corporations and healthcare facilities.

School of Neuroscience is leading a three-year, $2.6 million study looking at the connection between traumatic head injuries and epilepsy. The study, taking part with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the nonprofit group Citizens United to Cure Epilepsy, is a collaborative effort bringing together a team of Virginia Tech researchers with specific and unique expertise.

Alternative treatments for depression and anxiety

Georgia Hodes talks with Les Sinclair about alternative treatments for depression and anxiety. This was an interview on Oct.8, 2018 with the Charlottesville news radio station News-radio WINA, for the Mental Health Awareness Week.


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Targeting the Body to treat the Brain. Georgia Hodes, Assistant Professor in the School of Neuroscience. Talk at the 2018 Pregame Hokietalks event.

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Students get to experience a brain computer interface by playing Pong. The movement of the paddle is controlled by a software program that measures alpha waves...


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Students in Assistant Professor Ian Kimbrough's neuroscience lab get to learn research skills early in their academic careers. The state-of-the-art equipment they use is often available only to graduate students. This lab helps not only future neuroscientists, but aspiring lawyers and business people, to understand how the human brain functions.

Graduate Student's Events

Here is the calendar of Neuroscience-related events and seminars. Click on the event for more information!
If you have an event you'd like to add to the calendar, please contact the NPGA (Neuroscience Post-Doc and
Graduate Student's Association) Communications Officers.