Graduate Students

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) welcomes the next generation of the best and brightest researchers into their laboratories to train with world-renowned scientists while taking part in scientific breakthroughs and advancements in neuroscience.

PhD candidates training at MPFI receive world-class education and research opportunities and are mentored by researchers and faculty at the forefront of neuroscience research. MPFI shares a campus with Florida Atlantic University and Scripps Florida, enriching the collaborative scientific environment that is an integral element of elite PhD training. The growing bioscience community surrounding MPFI in South Florida provides PhD candidates with unique opportunities for industry collaboration and exposure such as participation in neuroscience symposia and scientific journal clubs and distinguished visiting faculty from prestigious research institutes from around the world.

IMPRS for Brain and Behavior

Jacqueline Chen working with her mentors

The first of its kind in uniting Universities and Max Planck Institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Brain and Behavior offers a competitive world-class Ph.D. training and research program.

Our research programs address how sensory information is encoded in neural circuits and is transformed ultimately to behavior. The level of analysis ranges from understanding molecular signaling cascades in spines during learning to understanding how sensory and motor circuits are activated in awake behaving animals.

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Integrative Biology and Neuroscience

The Integrative Biology doctoral degree program at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) has joined forces with Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), the first U.S. institute of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, to offer students a Ph.D. with an emphasis in neuroscience.

The program, known as IBNS (Integrative Biology and Neuroscience), is based on FAU’s Jupiter, Florida campus. IBNS students explore cutting-edge questions in neuroscience through the integration of multiple disciplines, different model systems, and a broad spectrum of technologies. The IBNS Ph.D. can be entered directly or through the umbrella of the Graduate Neuroscience Training Program (GNTP).


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