Wake Forest University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine



1834 Wake Forest Road

Reynolda Hall

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Neuroscience Program at Wake Forest is a vibrant, productive, and collaborative effort by faculty and trainees to investigate molecular and cellular structures, local neural circuits and brain areas, and behavior to enhance our understanding of the functional organization of the nervous system. We are committed to the idea that neuroscience, broadly conceived, provides a fundamental framework for understanding the biological basis of behavior and the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

While the vast majority of our graduating Ph.D. students go on to research-related positions, the ability to expertly analyze and interpret data provides a foundation for success in a wide variety of professions including finance, law, public policy, and education. We feel strongly that the Neuroscience program at Wake Forest provides students with a rigorous, critical thinking skillset — and that is precisely what will be required to tackle the burden on society of neurological disorders and disease.

Key Research Areas

  • Addiction & Motivated Behavior
  • Aging
  • Cognition & Memory
  • Epilepsy, Alzheimer's, & Stroke
  • Sensory & Motor Disorders
  • Sensory Integration

A major goal of Neuroscience program is the development of neuroscientists with a broad background in cellular, molecular and systems neuroscience with specialized skills in a specific sub-area of neurobiology. Wake Forest has modern research facilities that cover all areas of contemporary neurobiological investigation, from gene cloning, genomics, and molecular genetics to electrophysiology, cell biology, and behavioral analysis. 

Our curriculum includes weekly research seminars and journal clubs, carefully selected coursework tailored to students’ interests, and the preparation, presentation, and publication of their work.


Wake Forest University is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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