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Neuroscience

It’s rare to scan the headlines these days without seeing a new discovery about the brain’s inner workings or a new breakthrough in understanding or treating neurological disease.

Today’s neuroscience majors are laying the groundwork for making their own discoveries about the human nervous system, our innermost frontier. Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that looks at how the human brain and the mind affect each other. At Dominican, neuroscience majors study many fields:

Neuroscience Laboratories

Dominican features three state-of-the-art laboratories where neuroscience majors can learn about and conduct experimental research.

  • Behavioral Neuroscience Lab: Dr. Robert Calin-Jageman focuses on the mechanisms of learning and memory using sea slugs. The lab has tools that are used to help students analyze behavior, perform computer modeling and conduct electrophysiology.
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Lab: Dr. Irina Calin-Jageman studies activity-based transcriptional regulation in cultured neurons. The lab is equipped to teach students cell culture and a variety of molecular and cellular research techniques.
  • Behavioral Genetics Lab: Dr. Scott Kreher focuses on the mechanisms by which flies develop and use their acute sense of smell.

Additionally, the program cultivates relationships with area research centers to help provide off-campus research experiences for majors.  For example, Tim Lazicki ’11 has recently worked conducting brain imaging research in the magneto-encephalography (MEG) lab at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.