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. Michael Lee who has received a $2.2 million dollar award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for a project titled, "Pathological role of c-Abi in alpha-synucleinoapathy."  

Congratulations to Drs. Michael Lee and Dezhi Liao, who have been awarded a prestigious $1 million dollar Mayo Partnership Grant by the state of Minnesota.  The grant, "Molecular Mechanism of Novel Small Molecule Therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease," partners with Dr. Eugenia Trushina, Neurology and Pharmacology, at the Mayo Clinic. 

Dr. Esther Krook-Magnuson is using a technique called optogenetics to shed light on what happens during an epileptic seizure. Optogenetics is a new field that has been picking up steam in the last five to ten years. Esther's work will help scientists and physicians to better understand brain circuits so that they can develop targeted therapies to help stop seizures.


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. 

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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.