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Elucidating the mechanisms underlying brain function.


  • Faculty are highly collaborative with many joint research projects with other faculty on campus and throughout the country.
  • Neuroscience faculty bring in more than 1/3 of UT Austin’s NIH research dollars, including 4 NIH training grants—one of the most prestigious pre- and post-doc training programs in the country.
  • The group represents one of the largest concentration of scientists studying the fields of learning and memory and alcohol addiction in the country.
  • Trusted to coordinate the statewide Texas Brain Initiative, a $20-million initiative focused on recruitment and seed grants for brain research

The Department of Neuroscience faculty study molecular, cellular, behavioral, and computational neuroscience, with the goals of elucidating the mechanisms underlying brain function and providing a deeper understanding of brain disease and cognitive disorders. Research programs investigate areas including learning and memory, addiction, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Down syndrome, and epilepsy.


1057 Undergraduate (Fall 2019)
53  Graduate (Fall 2019)


26 faculty
1 member of the National Academy of Sciences
1 fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
4 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships
5 McKnight Foundation Awards
2 Searle Scholars Awards
2 Whitehall Foundation Awards
3 National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
1 Presidential Early Career Award
1 Kingenstein Fellowship
1 Gruber Award in Neuroscience
1 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
8 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards
2  UT Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards


Alzheimer’s Disease / Behavioral Neuroscience / Cognition & Perception / Computational & Theoretical Neuroscience / Epilepsy / Depression / Functional & Molecular Imaging / Ion Channels / Neurotransmitter Receptors / Learning and Memory / Neural Development & Plasticity / Neurobiology of Addiction / Neurodegenerative Disease & Injury / Neuroendocrinology / Neurogenetics / Parkinson’s Disease / Schizophrenia / Synaptic Biology & Small Circuits / Systems & Integrative Neuroscience

Affiliated Centers & Institutes

Center for Computational Visualization
Center for Learning and Memory
Center for Perceptual Systems
Imaging Research Center
Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
Institute for Neuroscience
Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research