Ohio State Neuroscience


Ohio State Neuroscience is primarily centered in the Department of Neuroscience at the OSU School of Medicine and the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program.

OSU Neuroscience research specializes in the following areas: Behavioral Neuroscience; Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience/Imaging; Developmental Neuroscience and Genetics; Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience; Neuro-Oncology; Neuropharmacology; Neurotrauma, Neurological Disorders, and Gene/Clinical Therapies; Stress and Neuroimmunology; and Systems Neuroscience.

Ohio State Neuroscience is primarily centered in the Department of Neuroscience at the OSU School of Medicine and the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program (NGP).

OSU Neuroscience research specializes in the following areas: Behavioral Neuroscience; Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience/Imaging; Developmental Neuroscience and Genetics; Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience; Neuro-Oncology; Neuropharmacology; Neurotrauma, Neurological Disorders, and Gene/Clinical Therapies; Stress and Neuroimmunology; and Systems Neuroscience.

OSU Psychology building

OSU Psychology building

Web Information

Department of Neuroscience: http://medicine.osu.edu/neuroscience/about-the-department/pages/index.aspx

Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program:  https://ngsp.osu.edu/home

Neuroscience Signature (undergraduate) Program:  https://neurosciencemajor.osu.edu/

About the Department of Neuroscience

Quick Facts

  • The Department is closely aligned with the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program, which is an interdisciplinary program that includes neuroscience faculty from across the entire campus.
  • Our faculty teach medical and graduate students, as well as an introductory neuroscience course to undergraduates.
  • The Department has endowments that support two named chairs and also attracts over $9,000,000 annually in extramural grant funding (currently ranked #16) to support research conducted by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.
  • The Department is the recipient of a Neuroscience Center Core grant from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which funds core facilities and services in Mouse and Zebrafish Genetics, CNS & PNS Nerve Injury, Rodent Behavior, Neurophysiology, Muscle Physiology, Xenografting and Imaging.
  • The Department also has access to more than 25 state of the art Medical Center research core facilities and services including Proteomics, Microarray, Nucleic Acid, Small Animal Imaging, Comparative Pathology & Mouse Phenotyping, Analytical Cytometry, and Biostatistics.
  • Support for clinical and translational research is provided by the Center for Clinical & Translational Science, funded by an NIH Clinical Translational Science Award.

Our History:

The Department of Neuroscience at the Ohio State University was formed in 1999 under the leadership of Dr. James King as part of a reorganization of the basic science departments that created the School of Biomedical Science within the College of Medicine. Since that time the department has grown from 10 to 23 full time faculty, with 32 jointly appointed faculty who have their primary affiliation in other departments and colleges. The department faculty are housed in Graves Hall, the Biomedical Research Tower, and the Institute of Behavioral Medicine Research Building on the main campus, as well as in Rightmire Hall on the West Campus.

Our Mission:

To improve people’s lives through innovation in fundamental neuroscience research and education.

Our Vision:

Working as a team, we will shape the future of neuroscience by discovery, dissemination, and application of new knowledge regarding the nervous system.

Our Values:

  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration as One University
  • Integrity and Personal Accountability
  • Openness and Trust
  • Respect for all People and Ideas
  • Change and Innovation
  • Empathy and Compassion
  • ​Leadership


NGP Research Areas

Behavioral Neuroscience

Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience/Imaging

Developmental Neuroscience and Genetics

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience



Neurotrauma, Neurological Disorders, and Gene/Clinical Therapies

Stress and Neuroimmunology

Systems Neuroscience.


Research Centers and Collaborative Groups

Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research (IBMR)

Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair (CBSCR)

Center for Neuromodulation

Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

  • Motoneuron disease
  • Chronobiology
  • Zebrafish
  • Genetics of Addiction and Psychiatric Illness
  • Brain tumors
  • Retinal research


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