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Neuroscience PhD

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  Introduction Delaware State University offers the only Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Neuroscience in Delaware — and is one of the most innovative in the mid-Atlantic region. Launched in 2007, this rapidly growing program combines the resources of three institutions and unites researchers from multiple disciplines working at the cutting edge of neuroscience. Our program unites neuroscience faculty from across Delaware in a statewide research and training network; partner institutions include the Nemours Foundation (associated with the A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital) and the University of Delaware. Our PhD students can pursue dissertation research with faculty from Delaware State University in three different departments, or any of its partner institutions. The neuroscience network’s size and breadth enables PhD students to explore the full range of neuroscience subspecialties, including Molecular biology Neurochemistry Neurophysiology and electrophysiology Neuroanatomy Diseases and disorders of the nervous system Psychology/behavior The program establishes a nurturing environment for emerging scholars, with emphasis on mentorship and collaboration. Professional Preparation Delaware State’s neuroscience PhD program cultivates a broad range of professional skills. Doctoral candidates have the opportunity to perform research and to collaborate with investigators in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, while getting first-hand experience in writing grants publishing scientific papers attending and presenting at national conferences teaching undergraduate courses attending seminars at DSU and partner institutions The program enables doctoral students to develop professional networks and build research skills, laying the foundation for a career in neuroscientific research. Research and Experience Delaware State University has active research projects in many different areas of neuroscience, including behavior development aging cellular / molecular clinical neuroscience biomechanics model systems of learning and memory neurophysiology Partnership with University of Delaware and the Nemours Foundation The Nemours Foundation associated with the A.I. duPont Children's Hospital has an active basic neuroscience research program, but no graduate program. The University of Delaware has neuroscientists scattered across six departments, but the only neuroscience graduate program is the Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program in the Psychology Department. DSU's neuroscience program will bring together neuroscience faculty across the state into a research training network. Six researchers at the Nemours Foundation and 16 faculty at UD are part of the neuroscience research and education network and serve as mentors for students in DSU's PhD program.   Both UD and A.I. duPont Hospital are less than a one hour drive from DSU, and all three institutions have videoconferencing capabilities making joint seminars, classes and an inter-institutional research training program easily managed.   Faculty DSU has fourteen faculty doing neuroscience related research in three different departments. Because the PhD program in Neuroscience is interdisciplinary and multi-institutional, doctoral candidates work with a broad array of faculty and are exposed to diverse perspectives, techniques, and theoretical approaches. Faculty members at Delaware State and its partner institutions are engaged in pioneering research funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and other agencies.  Current DSU Biology faculty with Research Related to Neuroscience Dr. Harbinder Dhillon: Chemotaxis and other odor-guided beahviors in D. melanogaster and C. elegans Dr. Michael Gitcho: Vertebrate models of Alzheimer's Disease Dr. Melissa Harrington: Multielectrode physiology with invertebrate and mammalian cell culture model systems Dr. Y. Hwan Kim: Vertebrate models of Parkinson's Disease Dr. Hakeem Lawall: Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease models using D. melanogaster Dr. Theresa Szabo-Maas: Neuronal basis of behavior and electrophysiology Dr. Murali Temburni: Electrophysiology and epilipsy studies in an avian chick embryo model system Dr. Cynthia van Golen: Growth factors in growth and metastasis of pediatric neuroblastoma

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience M.S.

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302-857-6510

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  Introduction   The Master’s program in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience enables students to collaborate with high-profile researchers working at the cutting edge of the discipline. Built upon the combined resources of Delaware State and partner institutions, the program unites researchers from multiple disciplines, including: Molecular biology Neurochemistry Neurophysiology Neuroanatomy Psychology/behavior Delaware State has a historical relationship with the neuroscience graduate program at Drexel University (in Philadelphia), and students can explore the options of doing their MS research there. The program also offers complete preparation for eventual PhD studies, and culminates in an original MS thesis based on independent laboratory research. Many of the MS courses can be applied towards DSU's PhD in Neuroscience if the student is accepted into that program and passes the comprehensive examination to enter the doctoral level. Professional Preparation Delaware State’s MS program in neuroscience cultivates a broad range of professional skills. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors conduct independent research contribute to scientific papers attend conferences The program enables graduate students to develop professional networks and build research skills, laying the foundation for a career or further study in neuroscientific research. Faculty Because the Master’s program in Neuroscience is interdisciplinary and multi-institutional, graduate students work with a broad array of faculty and are exposed to diverse perspectives, techniques, and theoretical approaches.  Faculty members at Delaware State University and its partner institutions are engaged in pioneering research funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and other agencies. Research and Experience Delaware State University has active research projects in many different areas of neuroscience, including behavior development aging cellular / molecular clinical neuroscience biomechanics model systems of learning and memory neurophysiology  

Biological Sciences - Master of Science (MS)

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Introduction Delaware State’s Master of Science (MS) program in Biological Sciences stands out for its emphasis on independent research and the flexibility offered the student to develop knowledge in specialized areas they select. All master’s candidates write a thesis based on self-directed laboratory and/or field studies in biology. They also have the opportunity to play significant roles on research teams led by full faculty and postdoctoral scientists. Although the program is designed for students who intend to enter doctoral programs upon completion of the MS, some graduates may choose to directly enter the workforce and become professional scientists working in government, private industry, or the nonprofit sector. Delaware State’s research programs cover a broad range of biology-related fields, including cancer research, biotechnology, genetic engineering, biomedical research, and natural resource management. In addition, Delaware State has a grant-funded relationship with the graduate program at Drexel University (in Philadelphia), and students can explore options of doing their MS research, or taking some courses towards their DSU degree, there. For those not desiring a research thesis, see the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Biological Sciences. Professional Preparation Graduate students in biology at Delaware State develop superior research skills. They have the opportunity to work with experienced investigators in state-of-the-art facilities, with access to specialized equipment. They learn to design experiments, analyze results, present their findings to peers, and write for scientific publications. Faculty Master’s candidates in Biology work closely with faculty members, and are partnered with faculty through a lab rotation course during the first semester in the program. The program’s small scope and size ensure a degree of direct interaction between professors and graduate students. Delaware State’s biology faculty includes highly accomplished researchers and educators. Graduate students benefit from professors’ experience as well as their professional and academic networks. Research and Experience Delaware State’s biology department offers outstanding research opportunities with flexibility to select research mentors from across campus to fit the student's career objectives. There are active, well-funded inquiries on campus in such fields as neuroscience, biofuels, cancer, DNA analysis, microbiology, plant biotechnology, biophysics, and gene manipulation. Students have the opportunity to work with high-profile investigators, utilize state-of-the-art technology, attend academic conferences, and collaborate on scientific papers.  

Biological Sciences - Master of Arts (MA)

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  Introduction   The Master of Arts (MA) in Biological Sciences serves as the core degree for those seeking additional academic credentials while offering academic enrichment, skill development, and career advancement for working scientists. Designed for professionals employed in biology-related fields such as health care, agriculture, environmental science, and teaching, the program equips graduates to take on new challenges and expanded workplace responsibilities. The primary options for MA track include: the MAGB (MA, General Biology track): a literature-based thesis in the biological sciences the MABE (MA, Biology Education track): an education focus for certified teachers the MAAB (MA, Applied Biosciences track): focusing on business / biology skills for those in commercial / industrial fields Course selections allow additional flexibility. The program is structured to accommodate students’ work schedules. Many students enroll on a part-time basis to balance their professional duties with graduate school. In recognition of that need for balance, Delaware State does not require students to complete a laboratory-based research thesis for the MA degree. For those seeking research laboratory experiences, see the Master of Science (MS) degree in Biological Sciences. Professional Preparation Graduate students in biology at Delaware State develop superior academic and communication skills. They learn to design experiments, analyze results, present their findings to peers, and write for scientific publications. Faculty Master’s candidates in Biology work closely with faculty members to design a literature topic. The program’s small scope and size ensures a high degree of direct interaction between professors and graduate students. Delaware State’s biology faculty includes highly accomplished researchers and educators. Graduate students benefit from professors’ experience as well as their professional and academic networks. Research and Experience Although MA students do not participate directly in laboratory-based research, they can interact with active researchers and draw upon their wealth of knowledge and resources. The literature-based thesis requires extensive knowledge-based research since the final report is presented to a thesis committee. Although there are active, well-funded inquiries on campus in such fields as neuroscience, biofuels, cancer, DNA analysis, plant breeding, and gene manipulation; the topic can be selected by the student and an appropriate advisor / committee will be identified, if possible.        

Machine Shop Services

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Normal Shop hours:

Monday  through Thursday

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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302-857-6478

Fax:  302-857-6176
Cell:  302-883-1756

      

     

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The College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology houses a machine shop with the capability to service various tooling and fabrication requirements for interested publics. A modest-sized operation, The Machine Shop offers a quick turn-around time and a reasonably discounted labor rate.  If you have specific tooling requirements or questions about our capabilities, please contact Mr. Nick Quigley, machinist, at 302-857-6478. Machine Shop Equipment 14" x 40" Engine Lathe 17" lathe Standard Size Milling Machine 14" Vertical Bandsaw 7" x 12" Horizontal Bandsaw High-Precision, High-speed Sensitive Drill Press 3-in-1 Sheet Metal Machine (light duty sheet metal) Oxy-Acetylene Torch Set Miller Welder, Tig (Heliarc and Arc) CNC Milling Machine Cold Saw Surface grinder Belt and Disc Sanders Miscellaneous Hand and Support Tooling     Back to the College Home Page
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Normal Shop Hours


Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Phone: 302-857-6478
Fax: 302-857-6176
Cell: 302-883-1756

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  • lathe turning operations
  • limited sheet metal work
  • fabrication/modification, disassembly and reconstruction of tools
  • sharpening drill bits

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