Research Concentrations for Medical Students

As part of the NYU School of Medicine's new "Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21)", students can engage in research projects with basic and/or clinical science faculty. As part of this Concentration, students spend 12 weeks pursuing basic or translational science research under the mentorship of a faculty member. For additional information on Concentrations, please visit the MD Curriculum page

The Neuroscience Institute and the Neuroscience & Physiology department offer Type I concentrations and will maintain an updated list of opportunties here.  Please email faculty from this list directly to inquire about the opportunity and schedule a meeting. If you are interested in working with a faculty member who is not listed below, please contact Nina Gray (

Available areas of Study

Research Mentor Suggested Research Projects
Gyorgy Buzsaki 1. Seeking a student to help gather and analyze data as part of a neurobiological project aimed at recording the neural network correlates of fear and perhaps empathy/social emotional communication. Students working on this project will work with an MD-PhD postdoc and will be trained in and asked to participate in: animal handling and possibly animal surgery and post-collection data analysis.
2. Seeking a student to train rats on different mazes, to assist with surgical procedures and physiological recordings under various behavioral paradigms. Students on this project will work with a PhD postdoc and will have the chance to learn about complex data analyses methods as well.
Ed Ziff Seeking a student interested in studying synaptic plasticity and behavioral changes induced by sucrose consumption
Robert Froemke 1. Neural circuitry of the central arousal and stress system: With a combination of electrophysiology, optogenetics and anatomical studies, the goal will be to understand how sensory inputs are routed to the locus coeruleus, modified by changes in experience, and how the targets of locus coeruleus projections are modulated by noradrenalin release.
2. Oxytocin and long-term memory of social stimuli: The aim will be to perform electrophysiological studies of synaptic transmission in the mouse auditory cortex in vivo and in vitro and to assess the effects of oxytocin on synaptic excitation and inhibition and the long-term consequences of oxytocin.


The Office of Graduate Medical Education provides support, direction, and oversight for the more than 1,000 medical residents and fellows receiving intensive training in over 70 specialty areas at the NYU School of Medicine.

Residencies and Fellowships

The links below will provide specific information on residency and fellowship programs in medical areas related to Neuroscience.

Please visit the Office of Graduate Medical Education’s website to learn how to apply for a residency or fellowship program at the NYU School of Medicine.