Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

Our Neuroscience Graduate Group offers an exciting, rewarding and intellectually stimulating program of graduate studies and professional development opportunities that will prepare you for a successful career as an independent scientist and scholar. We provide a broad education in the major areas of neuroscience, including developmental, molecular, and cellular neurobiology, sensory and motor systems, cognitive neuroscience, computational and translational neuroscience. Our faculty are composed of researchers from both the Davis campus and UC Davis Health campus at Sacramento. Our group is closely integrated with the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, Center for Mind and Brain and M.I.N.D. Institute.

As a first-year student in our group you will take core neuroscience courses and participate in research rotations in several different laboratories, and thereafter select a laboratory and a subject area for advanced study for your doctoral thesis. You will also participate in our annual research retreat, our exciting “Perspectives in Neuroscience” seminar series, and an exceptionally rich and diverse series of additional scientific, educational and social activities sponsored by various programs and groups on campus. We are committed to providing you with outstanding academic preparation, advanced research training in major areas of neuroscience, access to state-of-the-art research facilities, and personal guidance and mentoring throughout your graduate career at Davis.

We offer a highly interactive and collaborative environment for graduate study. Tuition, fees, health insurance and a monthly stipend are provided to you as a doctoral student in our graduate group. We have an exceptional record of achievement in graduate training, with successful former students in independent research positions in industry and faculty positions at major research institutes across the country and abroad.

We promote a diverse and inclusive training environment within the Neuroscience community and we have a long-standing history of outreach and recruitment efforts. We also commit to policies and practices that intentionally promote racial justice. Specifically, we are implementing antiracist training and culturally aware mentorship training into the Neuroscience graduate program as part of our own journey towards an equitable environment for all individuals.

Davis is an ideal location for students, with a small-town college atmosphere, yet only a short distance from such popular attractions as the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean.

We hope that you will strongly consider UC Davis Neuroscience for your graduate training. We look forward to the opportunity to tell you more about our faculty and students. As you visit the pages of our website please make note of research programs and specific faculty that may be of particular interest and feel free to either contact our faculty directly or get in contact with myself or our graduate group coordinator Kari Heidrick (, 530-757-8520) with questions or requests for additional information about the doctoral program.

Elva Diaz, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Group