Education & Training

Courses offered by the Department of Neurobiology are listed under the subject code NBIO on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site. Undergraduates can reach out to the individual lab PIs by contacting them directly. PI contact information can be obtained on our Faculty page.

Graduate Program in Neurosciences

Graduate students in the Department of Neurobiology obtain their Ph.D. degree through, but not limited to the Biosciences Program (interdepartmental Neurosciences Ph.D. program), Applied Physics, Bioenigneering, Electrical Engineering, Biology, and Computer Science. Students should familiarize themselves with the research interests of the faculty and, when possible, indicate their preference on the application form which is submitted directly to the Neurosciences Program.

Medical students also are encouraged to enroll in the Ph.D. program. The requirements of the Ph.D. program are fitted to the interests and time schedules of the student. Postdoctoral training is available to graduates holding Ph.D. or M.D. degrees, and further information is obtained directly from the faculty member concerned.

Research interests of the department include information processing in vertebrate retina; structure, function, and development of auditory and visual systems; development and regeneration in the central and peripheral nervous system; neural mechanisms mediating higher nervous system functions, including perception, learning, attention and decision making. 

Dr. Carla J. Shatz

To me, being a mentor means listening! It means celebrating good times and lending support and compassion during bad times. Mentoring creates relationships that are like family and can last for a lifetime. Also, let's change the name to 'womentor'!