The University of Texas – San Antonio offers graduate students interested in computational studies of the nervous system a wide range of research options within its rapidly expanding Ph.D. program in Neurobiology. The graduate program is also supported by the Neuroscience Institute at UTSA, and is affiliated with the San Antonio Neuroscience Alliance linking together all neuroscience training programs in San Antonio.

Interested students are encouraged listen to our podcast interviews with visiting scholars and our own faculty:
Computationally Oriented Faculty include:
Dr. James M. Bower – Studies of cerebellum as well as the olfactory system combining realistic modeling with a wide range of experimental techniques. ( The Bower laboratory is also home to the GENESIS Simulation Project.
Dr. David Jaffe – Biophysical and modeling studies of the Hippocampus
Dr. Carlos Paladini – Biophysical and modeling studies of the basal ganglia

Dr. Kay Robbins (Department of Computer Science) — Visualization and data analysis techniques for realistic biological models.
Dr. David Sensemen – Modeling and voltage sensitive die studies of the Turtle visual cortex
Dr. Fidel Santamaria – Modeling, biophysical and imaging studies of sub-cellular processes in cerebellar and cerebral cortical neurons.

Dr. Todd Troyer. Behavioral Analysis and Model of Song Learning in Birds. Theoretical neurodynamics.
Dr. Yufeng Wang – Bioinformatic and genomic analysis of cellular networks.

Dr. Carola Wenk (Department of Computer Science) – Mathematical analysis of biological structures.
Dr. Charles Wilson – Modeling, Anatomical, Imaging and Biophysical Studies of the basal Ganglia.
Students also have access to state-of-the-art research facilities including: an advanced imaging center,; the computational biology initiative (; and a new state-of-the-art proteomics facility.
All students within the program receive support covering stipend, tuition and fees, health insurance, as well as travel to scientific meetings.
The University of Texas San Antonio is located on the outskirts of San Antonio Texas, and on the edge of the Texas Hill Country with many cultural and recreational opportunities. San Antonio is also one of the most affordable and cleanest cities in the United States. UTSA encourages applications from women and minorities underrepresented in science and technology.
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