1968, UCLA has had an NIH-training grant in Cellular Neurobiology
(CNB) that helps support postdoctoral fellows in a broad-based
research and training program. At present, 23 faculty
from eight departments in the David Geffen School of Medicine,
and the College of Letters and Science interact closely
in this Program, along with their students and staff.
At any given time there are approximately 30 graduate
students and 40 postdoctoral trainees in the Program.
Participating faculty members are listed below, with links
to Web pages detailing their research interests and recent
publications. Also listed below are current trainees and
the names of several recent alumni of the Program who
held NIH postdoctoral traineeships.
Postdoctoral trainees normally spend a minimum of two
years learning modern molecular, physiological/optical,
and structural research techniques and their applications
to understanding the biology of excitable cells. Research
is centered in a particular lab, but additional training
is available through a rich selection of specialized neurobiology
courses, regular seminars, technique workshops, journal
clubs, and informal interactions with the faculty and
students in other labs. Special courses are offered in
research ethics, paper writing, and grant preparation.
Teaching experience is available to trainees who desire
Facilities are excellent and the research environment
exciting. The laboratories of the participating faculty
occupy approximately 30,000 square feet, most of which
is contiguous space or within a few minutes walk. There
are widely used common facilities for analytical biochemistry,
molecular biology, cell-culturing, electron microscopy,
and electronics and mechanical shop assistance. A small
library/conference room serves as a familiar meeting ground
and UCLA has excellent vivarium and computing facilities
as well as one of the world’s great biomedical libraries.
The university has traditionally made a strong commitment
to neuroscience and this commitment continues.