Neurobiology of Disease Program
Graduate and Postdoctoral Training
The Neurobiology of Disease Program at Baylor College of Medicine is an interdisciplinary program of advanced training in molecular, cellular, and clinical neurosciences. The Program, based in the Neurosensory Center, integrates the study of basic genetic and cellular mechanisms with the study of neuronal development, injury, death and regeneration in major diseases affecting the human nervous system. Participating laboratories are located in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Pediatrics. The NBD Program contributes to graduate and post-graduate training at Baylor College of Medicine.
At the predoctoral level, the NBD program supports a specialized track within the graduate Ph.D. program of the Department of Neuroscience. A course in Neurobiology of Disease and monthly speakers in the Neuroscience Seminar Series are designed to provide training and information on advances in neural disease research. Laboratory rotations in the graduate program allow the student to select an area of specialization for their thesis research in disease-oriented laboratories. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to choose major advisors and committee members from a wide variety of qualified faculty in the participating departments. Predoctoral trainees will receive their Ph.D. in the Department of Neuroscience and inquiries should be directed there.
At the postdoctoral level, the NBD program supports advanced scientific training and collaborative research opportunities among the participating laboratories. Visiting speakers are sponsored by the program, and specialized training workshops in molecular techniques are planned.
Major Research Areas
- Mechanisms of neuronal death
- Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Epilepsy and brain development
- Gene therapy of the nervous system
- Neural trauma and regeneration
- Macular degeneration
- Molecular and cell biology of retinal disease
- Transduction and development in the inner ear
- Vestibular plasticity
Jeffrey L. Noebels, M.D., Ph.D.
Director Neurobiology of Disease Program
Baylor College of Medicine
6501 Fannin, NB302
Houston, Texas 77030