Computational Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Acquire a foundational background in computational modeling, neurorehabilitation and neuroimaging neuroscience

Computational is the study of brain function in terms of the information processing properties of the structures that make up the nervous system. 


Areas of focus include:

  • statistical models for magnetic resonance imaging
  • computational models of gene regulatory networks
  • predictive models of neurophysiological processes and clinical outcomes
  • human visuomotor processing
  • functional neuroimaging
  • brain structural and functional connectivity
  • spinal cord imaging and human motor control
  • neural and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • rehabilitative strategies

Computational Modeling



Explores processes from single neurons to neuronal networks including neural interconnections, neural signal processing, and synaptic plasticity.

Explores the mechanisms and clinical and laboratory methods for studying neural disorders and the treatment strategies to address them.

Explores imaging physics, mathematics, and methods towards problems in basic and applied neuroscience.

Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.


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This doctoral program brings together faculty from Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Physical Therapy-Exercise Science, Mathematics Statistics & Computer Science, Philosophy, and Psychology. Their collective expertise will be able to provide a structured neuroscience-based curriculum that will allow for educational and research opportunities in this rapidly expanding subject area and will lead students to emerging career opportunities. Learn more about faculty research areas by visiting their department webpages.

Biological Sciences

Deanna Arble

Edward Blumenthal

Anita Manogaran

Michelle Mynlieff


Biomedical Engineering

Scott Beardsley

Gerald Harris

Robert Scheidt

Biomedical Sciences

David Baker

Murray Blackmore

SuJean Choi

Jennifer Evans

Paul Gasser

M. Benham Ghasemzadeh

Marieke Gilmartin

Matt Hearing

Douglas Lobner

John Mantsch

Robert Peoples

Robert Wheeler


Corinne Bloch-Mullins

Physical Therapy - Exercise Science

Allison Hyngstrom

Sheila Schindler-Ivens


Kristy Nielson



Application Deadline

Applications are due to the Graduate School by December 1 for the following fall term. 

Application Requirements

The recruitment committee reviews applications and selects a sub-group for phone interviews. After phone interviews are complete, the applications are selected for on-campus interviews. All applicants are notified of the committee’s decision.

Research and teaching assistantships are available.

Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Ready to learn more about Marquette's Neuroscience PH.D. program? Request more information now or schedule an on-campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

(414) 288-7139

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