Boston University’s National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT) Understanding the Brain: Neurophotonics (NSF NRT UtB: Neurophotonics), is a university-wide community of doctoral students. The departments involved in this NRT include: Biology, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Biophysics, Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS), Psychological & Brain Sciences, Pathology, and Engineering with focused professional development and graduate training in neurophotonics.

Prof. Alberto Cruz Martín describes the interdisciplinary nature of the NSF NRT UtB: Neurophotonics

We are seeking all current first year BU doctoral students from any department including Biology, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringMechanical Engineering, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Biophysics/Physiology who are interested in understanding how neural activities at the cellular scale drive computation, behavior and psychology. The NRT program in Neurophotonics includes research that uses light and photo-activated materials to study, control, and image neurons and neural circuits with cellular and sub-cellular resolution.

Interested Candidates will…

Trainees will participate in…

  • Immersive hands-on training experiences and lab rotations with leading neurophotonics researchers, including a boot camp on neurophotonics
  • Interdisciplinary coursework and dissertation
  • Professional development mentoring
  • Seminars and NRT events
  • Annual symposium
  • Summer school workshops, national conferences, peer-led seminars, journal club and more

NOTE: This traineeship program is open to all students. There are a limited number of fellowships opportunities each year; however, per NSF regulations, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to receive tuition and stipend support through the NRT fellowships.