Michael Ludwig and Caitlin McMenamin, both students in the Anatomy PhD Program at Penn State College of Medicine, are seen at work in a lab in the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences. The two are looking downward and framed at right by clean glassware hanging on a lab wall.

Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences

Neural & Behavioral Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine

The mission of the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences is to develop new knowledge about the normal nervous system so that we can understand ourselves and the pathological nervous system so that we can develop new ways to treat neurological disease.

Welcome to the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences of Penn State College of Medicine. The department was created in 2006 by the amalgamation of the Department of Neuroscience & Anatomy with the Department of Behavioral Science. In addition to their own research programs, our faculty members have strong collaborations with many other basic science and clinical departments. We also have strong educational programs and serve as the home for the anatomy and neuroscience graduate programs that provide opportunities for both master's and doctoral students.

Colin J. Barnstable, DPhil, is Chair of the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine.
Colin J. Barnstable, DPhil, Chair, Neural & Behavioral Sciences

The nervous system is the organ of sensation and response that regulates and integrates all our bodily functions and behaviors, and studies of its structure and function are among the most exciting areas of biology today. The dramatic growth in techniques and knowledge in the areas of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics combined with increasingly sophisticated electrophysiological and behavioral methods are giving unprecedented opportunities to discover how the nervous system works and how it communicates with the rest of the body as well as with the outside world. As we continue to expand the department we are hiring new faculty who can take advantage of these new approaches and opportunities.

Colin Barnstable, DPhil
Neural & Behavioral Sciences Department Chair
Penn State College of Medicine

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The faculty, staff, postdocs and students of the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine are pictured as a group in the College's outdoor courtyard in 2015.
Faculty, staff, postdocs and students of the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences, 2015

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Welcome, New Faculty Members

The Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine recently welcomed new faculty members Amy C. Arnold, PhD, pictured at left, and Yuval Silberman, PhD, pictured at right.
Amy C. Arnold, PhD, left, and Yuval Silberman, PhD, right, recently joined the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Amy C. Arnold comes to us from Vanderbilt University. Amy’s lab is C3738. Dr. Arnold’s program focuses on the neural mechanisms of hypertension and insulin resistance, with an emphasis on the renin-angiotensin system.

Also, stop by and introduce yourself to Dr. Yuval Silberman, whose lab is C3740. Yuval’s research investigates neuronal function in the extended amygdala.

Seminars, Presentations Held Throughout Year

A variety of seminars and presentations are available to faculty, students and postdocs in the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences throughout the year.

Students give presentations every other Thursday at 1 p.m. in C3700.

On alternate Thursdays in the same location and at the same time, the Neuroscience Seminar Series takes place.

For details on either series of events, email Gina Marcucci at gmarcucci@hmc.psu.edu.

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