Welcome to the GPN!

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at the University of Minnesota is a large interdisciplinary PhD program, made up of over 120 faculty members. Our goal is to provide the students with a broad and deep understanding of Neuroscience, ranging from the molecular and genetic level to computational. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, our program is a highly collaborative and collegial environment in which to train.

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We are an inter-disciplinary program, with a productive and engaged faculty, committed to providing a supportive environment so that students can achieve their full potential.  Our faculty are from 30 different  departments and have a wide range of research interests and expertise. A complete list of faculty can be found here. We support a number of programs that bring neuroscience into the community, such as Brain Awareness WeekBrains at the State Fair, and the Minnesota State Brain Bee.

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Recent GPN Publications

  • Zick JL, Blackman RK, Crowe DA, Amirikian B, DeNicola AL, Netoff TI, Chafee MV. Blocking NMDAR disrupts spike timing and decouples monkey prefrontal circuits: implications for activity-dependent disconnection in Schizophrenia. Neuron. 2018 May 26. pii: S0896-6273(18)30382-9.
  • Pérez Ortiz JM, Mollema N, Toker N, Adamski CJ, O'Callaghan B, Duvick L, Friedrich J, Walters MA, Strasser J, Hawkinson JE, Zoghbi HY, Henzler C, Orr HT, Lagalwar S. Reduction of protein kinase A-mediated phosphorylation of ATXN1-S776 in Purkinje cells delays onset of Ataxia in a SCA1 mouse model. Neurobiol Dis. 2018 May 11. pii: S0969-9961(18)30140-2.
  • Carpenter AF, Baud-Bovy G, Georgopoulos AP, Pellizzer G. Encoding of serial order in working memory: Neuronal activity in motor, premotor and trefrontal cortex during a memory scanning task. J Neurosci. 2018 Apr 30. pii: 3294-17
  • Vergeer M, Mesik J, Baek Y, Wilmerding K, Engel SA.Orientation-selective contrast adaptation measured with SSVEP.J Vis. 2018 May 1;18(5):2.
  • Wong SZH, Scott EP, Mu W, Guo X, Borgenheimer E, Freeman M, Ming GL, Wu QF, Song H, Nakagawa Y. In vivo clonal analysis reveals spatiotemporal regulation of thalamic nucleogenesis. PLoS Biol. 2018 Apr 23;16(4):e2005211.
  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. Modulation of sensory prediction error in Purkinje cells during visual feedback manipulations. Nat Commun. 2018 Mar 15;9(1):1099
  • Amemiya S, Redish AD. Hippocampal theta-gamma coupling reflects state-dependent information processing in decision making. Cell Rep. 2018;22(12):3328-3338.
  • Rousseaux MWC, Tschumperlin T, Lu HC, Lackey EP, Bondar VV, Wan YW, Tan Q, Adamski CJ, Friedrich J, Twaroski K, Chen W, Tolar J, Henzler C, Sharma A, Bajić A, Lin T, Duvick L, Liu Z, Sillitoe RV, Zoghbi HY, Orr HT. ATXN1-CIC complex Is the primary driver of cerebellar pathology in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 through a gain-of-function mechanism. Neuron. 2018;97(6):1235-1243.
  • Tonn Eisinger KR, Gross KS, Head BP, Mermelstein PG. Interactions between estrogen receptors and metabotropic glutamate receptors and their impact on drug addiction in females. Horm Behav. 2018 Mar 10. pii: S0018-506X(18)30021-7.
  • Gupta A, Mesik J, Engel SA, Smith R, Schatza M, Calabrèse A, van Kuijk FJ, Erdman AG, Legge GE. Beneficial effects of spatial remapping for reading with simulated central field loss. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2018;59(2):1105-1112
  • Eisenreich BR, Hayden BY. Cognitive science: Persistent apes are intelligent apes. Curr Biol. 2018;28(4):R160-R162.
  • James LM, Christova P, Lewis SM, Engdahl BE, Georgopoulos A, Georgopoulos AP.Protective effect of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) allele DRB1*13:02 on age-related brain gray matter volume reduction in healthy women.
  • Mesce KA, Alania M, Gaudry Q, Puhl JG. The stomatogastric nervous system of the medicinal leech: its anatomy, physiology and associated aminergic neurons. J Exp Biol. 2018 Mar 29;221(Pt 7). pii: jeb175687.
  • Azab H, Hayden BY. Correlates of economic decisions in the dorsal and subgenual anterior cingulate cortices. Eur J Neurosci. 2018 Feb 12. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13865.
  • Pérez Ortiz JM, Orr HT. Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1: Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and preclinical studies. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018;1049:135-145.
  • Hottman D, Cheng S, Gram A, LeBlanc K, Yuan LL, Li L. Systemic or forebrain neuron-specific deficiency of geranylgeranyltransferase-1 impairs synaptic plasticity and reduces dendritic spine density. Neuroscience. 2018;373:207-217.
  • Hedges VL, Chen G, Yu L, Krentzel AA, Starrett JR, Zhu JN, Suntharalingam P, Remage-Healey L, Wang JJ, Ebner TJ, Mermelstein PG. Local estrogen synthesis regulates parallel fiber-Purkinje cell neurotransmission within the cerebellar cortex. Endocrinology. 2018;159(3):1328-1338.
  • Covelo A, Araque A. Neuronal activity determines distinct gliotransmitter release from a single astrocyte. Elife. 2018 Jan 30;7. pii: e32237

GPN News

Esther Krook-Magnuson PhD Named McKnight Land Grant Professor

Congratulations to Graduate Program of Neuroscience faculty member Esther Krook-Magnuson, in the Department of Neuroscience, who was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor for 2018-2020. The award is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors. 


Patrick Rothwell and Sarah Heilbronner have been awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Grants

Patrick Rothwell and Sarah Heilbronner have been awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Grants.  Patrick's project is entitled, " Optogenetic Measurement and Manipulation of Striatal Microcircuit Dysfunction in Neuroligin-3 Mutant Mice" and Sarah's project is "Posteromedial cortex circuits in depression and schizophrenia".

Paul Iaizzo, Ph.D., Visible Heart Lab, Medical School

Paul Iaizzo, Ph.D., Visible Heart Lab, Medical School
Researchers look to hibernating bears for advancements in human medicine. is interviewed. KMSP-TV


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