Washington State University

Neuroscience Program

Welcome to Neuroscience at WSU

Our new Biomedical Research building contains labs that are infused with natural light and which house some of the most state of the art equipment used in research to date. The WSU Neuroscience program is home to some of the most advanced scientific tools available.

Dear Prospective Student:

Washington State University’s Program in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary biomedical program featuring more than 40 world-renowned research-active faculty. Washington State University is among the nation’s top tier doctoral/research universities, with research expenditures of over $175 million per year. Graduate students in the Neuroscience Program are immersed in active, state-of-the-art research laboratories in which they can make significant contributions to some of the most important scientific questions of our time.

In recent decades, neuroscience has been incredibly successful at developing very powerful insights into the cellular and molecular functions of neural tissue.  However, translating these insights into a thorough understanding of the biological basis of behavior remains incomplete. A common theme in the neuroscience research at WSU is the focus on extending molecular and cellular understanding to system level physiology and behavior. The areas of research emphasis of the neuroscience faculty at WSU include: neurobiology of sleep, body weight and energy balance, the biology of addiction, emotion and well-being, circadian regulations and vision. We also have a well-funded group that focuses on muscle physiology.

I encourage you to browse through our web site and contact us with questions about our programs.

Steve Simasko, Ph.D.
Director, Neuroscience Program 
Chair, Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University

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Seventh Annual
Peter A. Zornes Memorial Golf Tournament
June 28, 2014

To the winners of the 2014 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA).
Kelly Hewitt (mentor Dr. Rebecca Craft) received the Crimson award.
Lindsey Ballsmider (mentored by Dr. Crzysztof Czaja received the Gray award.
Dr. Anita Vasavada and Dr. Wen-Ji Dong were also recognized as the mentors of Crimson and Novice Award winners in the Engineering and Physical Sciences category.

Please join us in congratulating our 2013 Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholars.  The talent and effort of these faculty help make our college a great place to work and study:
Dr. Leslie Sprunger
Dr. Mike Varnum
Dr. Joe Harding
Dr. Patricia Talcott
Dr. Katrina Mealey
Dr. Patrick Wilson
Dr. Pete Meighan
Dr. Krzysztof Czaja
Dr. Steve Lampa

Research Building Earns High Honors in Lab Design Competition
The Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building at Washington State University has received high honors in the 48th Annual Laboratory of the Year Awards competition sponsored by R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter. Article

WSU sleep scientists Jonathan Wisor (WSU Spokane) and Ilia Karatsoreos (WSU Pullman) have received, a two year $395,577, grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of chronic methamphetamine use on brain metabolism and sleep. Article
Promotion of Murali Chandra to Full Professor and promotion with tenure of Krzysztof Czaja to Associate Professor have been approved by the Provost!

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