Neuroscience is the collective scientific effort to understand the brain. It is an interdisciplinary science collaborating with fields such as chemistry, engineering, and psychology. The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to providing excellence in research, education, and public service

About the department


Neuroscience faculty have a wide range of research interests and expertise, with investigations ranging from molecular to systems neuroscience.

neuroscience educationEducation

The Department of Neuroscience is home to the undergraduate neuroscience major. The University also offers a graduate degree in neuroscience, as well as neuroscience courses and seminars.

public servicePublic service

The Department of Neuroscience supports a number of programs that bring neuroscience into the community, such as Brain Awareness WeekBrainU, and Minnesota State Brain Bee.

Department news

Congratulations to Dr. Lin on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Neuroscience!  See more about Dr. Lin's work and research at the following link: 

Silvain Lesne Lab

Congratulations to Dr. Lesne on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Neuroscience!  See more about Dr. Lesne's work and research at the following link:

McNamara Lecture hall

The Inaugural 2016 Wallin Neuroscience Discovery Day featured plenary speaker, Dr. Thomas Südhof, of Stanford University and Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine (2013).  The title of his lecture was,"Neurexins in synapse specification and synaptic transmission: implications for neuropsychiatric disorders.” 



Research spotlight

Mechanisms of neurodegenerative disordersSilvain Lesne Lab

Dr. Sylvain Lesné’s laboratory aims to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms triggered by proteins abnormally aggregating in cerebral brain tissues during the course of neurodegenerative disorders, with a specific focus on Alzheimer’s disease. 

Seminar calendar



Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.