Ellen Hess

Welcome from the Director

Emory’s graduate program in Neuroscience (NS) combines instruction in professional development with multidisciplinary scientific training to promote a successful career in neuroscience. Research training in the NS Program spans multiple domains of scientific inquiry, and most faculty undertake projects that transcend individual categories.  Drawn from over 20 separate departments and centers, NS faculty research efforts can be broadly separated into the following areas of inquiry:

Behavioral Neuroscience

Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Neuroscience

Computational Neuroscience


Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases

Motor Control & Movement Science

Systems Neuroscience

On behalf of our collegial and highly-engaged academic community, I welcome you to learn more about our program through this web portal.

Program Leadership

Director: Ellen Hess, PhD, Professor, Phamacology; Neurology

Director of Graduate Studies: Victor Faundez, MD/PhD, Associate Professor, Cell Biology; Malu Tansey, PhD, Associate Professor, Physiology

Director of Recruitment: John R. Hepler, PhD, Professor, Pharmacology

Program Coordinator:  Gary Longstreet

Executive Committee: Faculty Members

Ellen Hess Program Director, Pharmacology; Neurology
Victor Faundez DGS, Years 1-2, Cell Biology
Malu Tansey DGS, Years 3+, Physiology
Francisco Alvarez Physiology
Shannon Gourley Pediatrics
John Hepler Pharmacology
Dieter Jaeger Biology
Thomas Kukar Pharmacology; Neurology
Robert Liu Biology
Donna Maney Psychology
Seth Norrholm Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stella Papa Neurology, Yerkes Primate Center
Marie-Claude Perreault Physiology
Yoland Smith Neurology, Yerkes Primate Center
Sam Sober Biology

Executive Committee: Student Members
Zibby Hinton and Maria Briscione

Admissions Committee
Director: John Hepler
Members: Francisco Alvarez, Ranjita Betarbet, Ron Calabrese, John Hepler, Andy Jenkins, Tanja Jovanovic, Robert Liu, Donna Maney, Lisa Parr, Astrid Prinz, Yoland Smith, Peter Wenner, Gary Longstreet, Anzar Abbas, and Chris Sinon

Seminar Directors
NS Professional Development: Francisco Alvarez, John Hepler, Shawn Hochman, Machelle Pardue, and Robert Liu
Advanced Seminar: Jennifer Felger, Tanja Jovanovic, and Vasiliki Michopoulos

Frontiers Seminar Coordinators
Robert Liu, Zeena Ammar, Steph Prince, and Miao Wang

Awards Committee
Art English, Sam Sober, Victor Faundez, Malu Tansey, Ellen Hess, Gary Longstreet, Erica Akhter, and Arielle Valdez

Website Committee
Marie-Claude Perreault (Chair), Gary Longstreet, and Kim Lang