Combating neurological disease through research

Apply to Neuroscience

Combating neurological disease through research

Apply to Neuroscience

Neuroscience Program Guide

The Neuroscience Program brings together faculty whose research interests range from molecular to systems analysis, working to understand the form and function of the nervous system, with a particular emphasis on the synapse and glia-neuron interactions.

The Neuroscience program participates fully in the MS in Biomedical Research.

We maintain an open, interactive, and intellectually stimulating learning environment, with a strong emphasis on individualized training plans and one-on-one mentoring.

We participate in Neuro at JAX, which allows our students to train with faculty at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Faculty & Research

The training faculty of the interdepartmental Neuroscience Program is drawn from the Departments of Neuroscience, Immunology, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Developmental, Chemical & Molecular Biology  at Tufts University School of Medicine, the departments of Biology and Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences and from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Our Neuro at JAX faculty are based at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. 


Students seeking to enter the Neuroscience program apply to Graduate School of Biomedical Science using the online application system.

Students seeking admission to the Neuroscience Program must meet all GSBS requirements. Our program recommends a strong background in cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and cellular neuroscience.

Neuroscience Admissions
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High Seas at Jackson Labs

Neuro at JAX

Neuro at JAX is a collaborative training effort that engages neuroscientists at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine in our Neuroscience program.

Students applying to Neuro at JAX apply through the GSBS online admissions system and designate Neuro at JAX on their application.

Trainees entering Neuro at JAX carry out their training in Bar Harbor at JAX and complete all requirements for a GSBS PhD in Neuroscience.

Neuro at JAX


Our curriculum includes components specifically designed to help students incorporate cutting-edge experimental approaches in their biomedical thesis projects, develop in-depth critical reasoning, hone written and oral communication skills, work effectively in teams, and quantitatively evaluate and analyze data.

We also have a robust seminar program  that includes outside speakers, postdoctoral and student presentations and career exploration opportunities.

Mastering research techniques is facilitated by the Center for Neuroscience Research. A techniques course specifically designed for Neuroscience students helps our trainees master specialized techniques early in training.

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Neuro BDBS at the Relays

DEI in Neuro

We committed to fostering a diverse scientific community and aim to improve our core values by promoting inclusivity, diversity, and antiracism. Students enrolled in our program participate fully in the DEI activities held in the Neuroscience department.

Meet Our Students

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Our students come from across the US and the world and are pursuing a wide range of thesis projects.

Neuroscience Students

Student Publications

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Publication of research is a key part of training and our students publish their work in excellent journals.

Neuroscience Student Publications

Program Outcomes

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Over 90% of our students complete an advanced degree and go on to pursue a wide range of careers.

Neuroscience Graduation Stats & Career Outcomes

Neuroscience Contact Information

Leon Reijmers, PhD
Program Director

Shelley Scheier
Program Coordinator

Administrative Office
Arnold 209
Phone: 617-636-3796
Fax: 617-636-2413