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Neuroscience Staff Advisor

Linette Scibelli
Graduate Group Coordinator 

A staff advisor serves as a resource liaison to Graduate Studies. They can help answer questions about the admissions process, financial aid, and many other topics. Staff advisors can connect students with faculty advisors for course load planning and other academic issues.

Neuroscience Chair

Elva Diaz, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Program
CAMPOS Faculty Affiliate
UC Davis School of Medicine


The Chair is the chief officer and spokesperson for the Group and for the Executive Committee. The Chair shall call and preside over meetings of these bodies; shall appoint, with approval of the Executive Committee, standing committees and special committees; and shall maintain liaison with related groups on the Davis campus, with neuroscience groups on other campuses, and with professional organizations of neuroscience.

Neuroscience Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are essential in providing graduate students with an excellent educational experience. They have program signature authority to approve certain forms, petitions and nominations of student committees. Academic advisors consult with students applying for admission, provide coursework and research mentor guidance for students prior to candidacy, and maintain contact with students after candidacy to ensure good progress and a working relationship with the research mentor.

View a list of academic advisors at the UC Davis Graduate Studies website