Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences
The Scripps Research Institute's Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program that provides rigorous training in chemistry, chemical biology, biology, neurosciences, immunology, cell biology, chemical physiology, and biophysics. When students matriculate into the Graduate Program, they do not join a department. Students have access to the entire curriculum and the entire faculty affiliated with the Graduate Program regardless of the faculty member’s department. This approach allows students to be broadly trained and emphasizes the creation of basic knowledge in the biosciences.
Students may study, conduct research, and attend research seminars and professional development workshops on either of Scripps’ campuses: La Jolla, California and Jupiter, Florida. The latest broadcasting technology and pedagogical tools are employed to ensure connectivity, communication, and interaction between students and faculty on the two campuses.
Graduate Research in Neuroscience
Neuroscience research at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is driven by nearly 50 biomedical laboratories focused on the study of the nervous system; the mechanisms that cause neurological and psychiatric disorders, sensory impairment, and addiction; as well as the basic neurobiology underlying learning and memory, sleep, and consciousness.
Many neuroscience graduate programs offer students opportunities to study the brain and nervous system. Graduate students at TSRI experience an truly interdisciplinary doctoral program in neuroscience, training with faculty members who integrate state-of-the-art approaches in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, behavioral neuroscience and molecular neuroscience with genomics, imaging, molecular biology, chemical biology, cell biology, electrophysiology and several other areas.
TSRI students also benefit from a translational graduate program, receiving training in laboratories dedicated to translating scientific findings into treatments for such important disorders as schizophrenia, autism, depression, addiction, learning disabilities, sensory impairment, pain, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Graduate students at TSRI customize their curriculum based on their personal research interests. While students may choose courses within one research area for focused studies, they are encouraged to develop a breadth of experience by taking multidisciplinary courses for a customized program of study. For students interested in neuroscience, an exciting diversity of focused courses are available, including: Concepts of Memory and Learning; Current Topics in Sensory Neuroscience; Fundamentals of Neuroscience; Neurobiology of Alcohol and Drug Addiction; and Neurobiology of Disease.
Other resources available to students include the Dorris Neuroscience Center, the Pearson Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research, and a Nikon Center of Excellence featuring extraordinary imaging technologies.