Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences

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Organization profile

The Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine was created in 2006 by the amalgamation of the Department of Neuroscience and Anatomy with the Department of Behavioral Science. In addition to their own research programs, department faculty members have strong collaborations with many other basic science and clinical departments.

The department also has strong educational programs and serves as the home for the anatomy and neuroscience graduate programs that provide opportunities for both master's and doctoral students.

The nervous system is the organ of sensation and response that regulates and integrates all our bodily functions and behaviors, and studies of its structure and function are among the most exciting areas of biology today.

The dramatic growth in techniques and knowledge in the areas of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics combined with increasingly sophisticated electrophysiological and behavioral methods are giving unprecedented opportunities to discover how the nervous system works and how it communicates with the rest of the body as well as with the outside world. As the department continues to expand, it is hiring new faculty who can take advantage of these new approaches and opportunities.

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