Research focuses both on model systems and on studies directly related to understanding and treatment of human behavioral disorders and neural disease. Particular areas of strength and interest include cognitive neuroscience and imaging; neural plasticity, learning, and memory; neuronal signaling and development; and neurogenomics. The research environment is highly collegial, and there are numerous collaborations within and between these research areas and with other labs across the campus.

There are many ways of organizing the diverse and growing body of knowledge that we call neuroscience. The Research Themes listed here are representative of current trends in neuroscience, and of the integrative research programs in University of Illinois neuroscience laboratories.