Systems Neuroscience area



Systems Neuroscience at the University of Oregon spans both the Psychology and Biology departments, and is strongly connected with the Institute of Neuroscience. Research areas span levels from genes to circuits to behavior, with a focus on understanding how neuronal computations underlie behavior. Current faculty study both the sensory systems — such as the olfactory, visual, and auditory systems — as well as how these interact with neural systems for memory, attention, and decision-making. 


Systems Neuroscience labs at Oregon are highly collaborative both within the Systems area, as well as with Biology labs studying synaptic, cellular, and molecular neuroscience, and with Cognitive Neuroscience labs using fMRI and EEG to study working memory and attention in humans. Research uses a range of innovative approaches, including optogenetics, electrophysiology, imaging, and theory, placing Systems Neuroscience at the heart of a highly cooperative and collaborative intellectual community.


Graduate students studying Systems Neuroscience join the Neurons, Circuits, and Cognition graduate program, which provides an interdisciplinary training program that includes cross-rotations in different laboratories, multi-lab group meetings, research seminars, journal clubs, and retreats. Students combine a core neuroscience curriculum with a customized course of study designed to fit their interests.