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Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

The Behavioral Neuroscience doctoral program provides students with broad and deep knowledge of the biological factors that control behavior. Our core faculty conduct innovative research on motivated behaviors, pain, auditory processing, and synaptic plasticity.  Our students interact with a larger neuroscience community at UB that provides a unique training relationship tailored to each student’s research interests and professional goals. An overview of the behavioral neuroscience program can be found here.

Students are accepted into the program based on available slots in the laboratories of faculty who are members of the Behavioral Neuroscience area. Faculty members who are accepting students vary from year to year, so prospective students are encouraged to check the list of faculty accepting students or contact individual faculty members before applying. Please contact Derek Daniels, the Behavioral Neuroscience Area Head, with any questions that you may have about the program.

Behavioral Neuroscience Core Faculty

Michael Bozarth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Neural basis of appetitive motivation and reward; drug addiction; biological psychiatry; motivational theory.

Derek Daniels, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Area Head
Neural and biochemical basis of ingestive behaviors, including food, water, and salt intake.

Eduardo Mercado, III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory

Paul Meyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Behavioral and neurophysiological responses to food – and drug-associated stimuli.

Matthew Paul, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neuroendocrine regulation of reproductive and social development; biological rhythms; sex differences

Alexis Thompson, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Neural adaptations associated with increased vulnerability or expression of drug addiction, anxiety, and maternal behavior; behavioral regulation of pain and analgesia; neuropeptide regulation of monoamines.

Ann-Marie Torregrossa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Taste, feeding, and food choice

Student Learning Overview

A description of the Behavioral Neuroscience curriculum, requirements, goals, and objectives for student learning can be found here: Student Learning Overview-Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

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