Research

More than 100 USC Neuroscience faculty conduct basic, translational and clinical research in areas ranging from the molecules that determine neuronal function to the mechanisms that underlie human cognition and emotion. Our training faculty members are interdisciplinary by nature, and thus may be listed in several topic areas. Find out more about ongoing Neuroscience research at USC in each of the following major topic areas:

Behavioral, Systems, & Cognitive Neuroscience
Research in Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience at USC has the overall goal of investigating the function and structural organization of neural circuits during development and in adults.

 

Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology
Training faculty investigate the mechanisms that shape neural signaling by studying how molecules work together in space and time to regulate the functional properties of neurons. The also utilize advanced cellular and molecular imaging and bioassay techniques to decipher the mechanisms through which neurons and glia mature and interact in building functional circuits.

Development, Plasticity & Repair
Research in developmental neurobiology, plasticity and nervous system repair examines the underlying molecular and cellular mechanism of typical development and environment-induced plasticity, as well as factors that result in atypical assembly of circuits and systems and problems with plasticity. Studies focus on understanding the decisions that stem cells make to generate neuronal and non-neuronal diversity, to the factors that control neuronal migration, synaptogenesis, dendritic growth and remodeling, and adaptive responses due to genetic and environmental challenges.

Computational Neuroscience & Neural Engineering
NGP Training faculty members are heavily engaged in research in Computational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering. There a strong emphasis on computer-based and other advanced technologies to study information processing functions of the brain.

Aging, Neurobiology of Disease, & Translational Research
Translational research in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at USC refers to a broad interdisciplinary approach in understanding fundamental mechanisms involved in the Neurobiology of Diseases. We have a large number of faculty that have at least part of their research program engaged in understanding how to translate basic discoveries to inform the clinical challenges of human nervous system disorders and diseases. Studies are done that impact the lives of children, adolescents and adults.