Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research

Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research

Founded in 2012, the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research is an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, virtual center linking Delaware State University and the University of Delaware in a joint effort to strengthen and support neuroscience research across the state.

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Founded in 2012 and supported by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Center is focused on strengthening and expanding Delaware’s infrastructure and human resources to support research aimed at understanding how thoughts, memories, feelings and actions emerge from dynamic activities in the brain, and how brain functions change over time.

Under the direction of Dr. Melissa A. Harrington at DSU and Dr. Anna Klintsova at the University of Delaware, the Center brings together a multidisciplinary group of neuroscientists. It is an umbrella organization that leverages the neuroscience community and research infrastructure in Delaware to propel advancement in our understanding of the brain and nervous system; provides innovative, interdisciplinary programs of doctoral-level research training and professional development; and engages the next generation of researchers through undergraduate and graduate research training.

  • The Center has provided pilot funding for 24 junior faculty at both UD and DSU
  • The Center supports three core facilities: Biomedical & Brain Imaging (UD), Cell Electrophysiology (DSU), and a Vivarium Core
  • Over 200 articles by affiliated investigators have been published in scientific journals
  • Over $6.2 million in total additional grant funds that have been awarded for educational programs affiliated with the Center


Summer 2024 Undergraduate Neuroscience Research Program


The Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research, with support from the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS), is offering an on-campus summer research opportunity for undergraduate students who are interested in a career related to neuroscience research.

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Key dates

Application deadline: April 1, 2024

Notification of acceptance: no later than May 6, 2024

Program dates: May 28, 2024 - July 26, 2024

Click here to submit an application


Summer Undergraduate Neuroscience Research Program Poster


Gov John Carney and Dr. Melissa Harrington


Center Advisory Committees

External Advisory Committee:

  • Robert Akins, Ph. D., Scientific Director of Center for Pediatric Clinical Research and Development at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children/Nemours Foundation
  • Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph. D., Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Sonya K. Sobrian, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington
  • Wendy A. Suzuki, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Neural Science at New York University
  • Jennifer Swann, Ph. D., Professor, Department of Biology, Lehigh University
  • Barbara Knowlton, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles



2023 Delaware Neuroscience symposium - Poster Award winners & Highlights