The Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (MCN) Graduate Program at MIT

Molecular and cellular neuroscience is of fundamental importance to MIT's vision to understand nervous system function and the biological basis of brain disorders.

MIT is uniquely situated to provide neuroscience training at the bridge of multiple disciplines. Long a leader in engineering and biotechnology, the Institute has greatly expanded its neuroscience research breadth in the past 10 years, especially in the arena of molecular and cellular neuroscience. MIT has added many new faculty in the field, and interfacing with the Departments of Biology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences, has established two major neuroscience research centers – The Picower Institute for Learning & Memory and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Innovative neuroscience research is being carried out across these areas, bridging the molecular and cellular field with neuroengineering, systems neuroscience, neurodevelopment and neurochemistry. Powerful new tools and insights, many developed here at MIT, are creating a moment of extraordinary opportunity to unravel the mysteries of the brain. By employing a cross-disciplinary, multi-level approach to study the nervous system, research at MIT is breaking new ground in the search for how the brain forms and functions, and how neurological and psychiatric diseases affect these basic processes. To complement this exciting expansion of MIT's neuroscience research community, a new graduate PhD Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience program has been developed to allow incoming students access to the world-class neuroscience faculty across campus.

Applicants interested in the MCN program will be admitted through the Biology or Brain and Cognitive Sciences graduate program, details of which can be found at and