Program Overview

The Complex Systems and Brain Sciences PhD program, with faculty drawn from the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Medicine, seeks to create a new kind of brain scientist who is fluent in both biology and mathematics, and who seeks to bring new ways of thinking into neuroscience. Advanced courses are research-oriented and build on a core curriculum in neuroscience. The program includes training in computational and cognitive neuroscience (emphasizing neuroimaging and realtime recording of behavior), and the mathematical concepts and tools of complexity science and nonlinear dynamical systems. Learn more at:

William Alexander, Ph.D. Computational and neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control, decision making, and learning. Watch Faculty Vignette
Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D. Psychophysical and computational approaches to visual and multisensory perception and recognition. Watch Faculty Vignette
Steven Bressler, Ph.D. Cognitive neurodynamics: investigation of cognitive processing through analysis of the large-scale dynamics of activity in the cerebral cortex using fMRI, EEG, MEG, and LFP data. Watch Faculty Vignette
Erik Engeberg, Ph.D. Robotics and prosthetics and brain machine interface. Watch Faculty Vignette
William Hahn, Ph.D. Deep learning neural networks, sparse modeling, compressed sensing, adversarial networks, and reinforcement learningodels of brain function. Watch Faculty Vignette
Sang Hong, Ph.D. Investigation of color vision, motion processing, visual awareness, facial expression perception, and multi-sensory integration using psychophysical, eye-tracking, and fMRI methodologies. Watch Faculty Vignette
Scott Kelso, Ph.D. Mechanisms of self-organization underlying the coordination of brain and behavior. Watch Faculty Vignette
Howard Prentice, Ph.D. Ischemic adaptations, neurodegenerative disease, brain anoxia, mitochondrial dysfunction and aging processes. Watch Faculty Vignette
Wen Shen, Ph.D. Electrophysiology of channels and receptors, transporters in neurodevelopment and adult system, signal transduction in retinal circuits. Watch Faculty Vignette
Summer Sheremata Ph.D.  Psychophysics and fMRI to investigate how visual attention and working memory affect our representations of the external world. Watch Faculty Vignette
Robert Stackman, Ph.D. Neurobiology of learning and memory, spatial navigation, brain representations of space, mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. Watch Faculty Vignette
Emmanuelle Tognoli, Ph.D.  EEG coordination dynamics of human behavior: large-scale integration within and between brains. Watch Faculty Vignette
Robert Vertes, Ph.D. Neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, functional organization of the brainstem and its role in controlling activity of the forebrain. Coming soon.
Jang Yen Wu, Ph.D. Neurotransmitters and neurological disorders. Watch Faculty Vignette

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FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute
Research Office, Jupiter campus
Room 107, MC-17
5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458
phone: 561.799.8100

FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute
Education Office, Boca Raton campus
Bldg. SE 43, Room 103A
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
phone: 561.297.4989