Tuesday, October 22, 2013

[Comp-neuro] PhD in Theoretical/Computational Neuroscience UT Med School Houston

The Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience track of the Neuroscience program at UT Medical School in Houston

The Neuroscience program at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston now offers a Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Track<http://nba.uth.tmc.edu/gradprog/program/trackTheoreticalComputation.htm>. The goal of the specialization is to train the next generation of neuroscientists with the broad range of computational and analytical skills that are essential to understand the organization and function of complex neural systems. The specialization is intended for students with backgrounds in neuroscience, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, computer science, engineering, and mathematics.
The specialization allows Neuroscience students to concentrate on a focused program of rigorous course work in both the theoretical and experimental aspects of computational neuroscience. Students are encouraged to pursue thesis research that includes both an experimental and a computational component. Students may have two mentors, a primary and a secondary mentor, one being a theorist and the other an experimentalist. The Neuroscience program has an excellent group of associated faculty members and many of them have a strong interest and an active ongoing program in computational neuroscience.
The theoretical group at UTHSC-H is part of a larger group that includes several universities and medical schools in the Houston area, the Gulf Coast Consortium in theoretical and computational neuroscience (GCC-TCN)<http://gulfcoastconsortia.org/Research/Gulf_Coast_Consortium_for_Theoretical_and_Computational_Neuroscience.aspx>. Many of the courses offered are combined courses across these different institutions, and this provides a larger community of faculty and students that are interested in similar topics. Through the GCC-TCN it is possible to obtain additional training grants, as well as have joint mentors from other universities and disciplines.
Applications should go directly to the graduate school of biological sciences (GSBS)<http://www.uthouston.edu/gsbs/> if you have any questions about the program please write me an email (harel.shouval@uth.tmc.edu<mailto:harel.shouval@uth.tmc.edu>).

Harel Shouval
Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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