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Neuroscience


Neuroscience is the largest interdisciplinary academic program at the College. Whether in the classroom, research lab, or field, our faculty guide students through an interdisciplinary exploration of how brain controls our behaviors that draws heavily on the natural and social sciences, but also integrates the humanities and arts.


Featured Alumnus

Yoan Ganev

Yoan Ganev '19

Featured Senior

John Wheaton
I chose Neuroscience as a major because there is so much the world does not know about the human brain and I was excited to build a deeper understanding while at Lake Forest college. I cultivated so many close relationships with my fellow neuroscience students through experiencing the best and worst of times together. I was so lucky to be part of such a tight knit community dedicated to learning and constantly working to be the best version of ourselves. Through dedication and resiliency, the neuroscience students of 2021 are prepared and ready to take on the world.
John Wheaton

A Hands-On Approach

Through empirical investigation, faculty and students in the neuroscience program seek to understand the building blocks of brain, mind, and behavior at all levels, from the cellular and molecular physiology of neurons to the function of neuronal networks to the complex behaviors exhibited by human and nonhuman animals. 

Research-Based Education

Given that the majority of neuroscience courses are laboratory-based, our students gain valuable research experience from their very first class and throughout the curriculum.  Students also have opportunities to conduct advanced research usually reserved for graduate students, both on and off campus. This intensive training in research and analysis provides marketable skills for a variety of careers and provides an excellent background for launching into graduate or medical school.

Valuable Field Experience

Our neuroscience program has an extensive internship program. We have partnered with dozens of institutions in the Chicago area to provide practical and relevant field experiences for our majors.  Whether your interests in neuroscience trend more towards biology or psychology, research or practice, we have a dedicated team of experts that will help you find the field experience that aligns with your goals. 

What our recent grads are doing
  • PhD in Neuroscience/Life sciences
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • MD/PhD (Physician Scientist)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Doctor of Podiatry
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • K-12 Science Teacher
  • Quality Control Analyst, Biotech
  • Scientist, Pharmeuticals
  • Laboratory Manager, Northwestern University
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Masters in Public Health
  • Master in Biotechnology
  • Masters in Nursing
  • Masters in Counseling
  • Masters in Kinesiology
  • Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Masters in Social Work
Careers
  • Academia
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Law
  • Publishing
  • Public Policy and Health
  • College/K-12 Education
  • Allied Health Professions
  • Marketing & Sales 
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Ethics
Internships

Internships

  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
  • Smell and Taste Research Foundation
  • Spectrum Center for Integrative Neuroscience
  • Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Northshore University Health System

Meet Our Alumni

Hannah Samberg

Hannah Samberg ’16

Hannah also majored in Asia Studies and studied abroad in Chinca and is now pursuing her M.D. degree at Tulane University

Kayla Huber

Kayla Huber '16

Kayla is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship to support her PhD studies in Psychology at the University of Minnesota

Sam Gascoigne

Sam Gascoigne '20

Sam is a Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipient and is pursuing his PhD studies at Oxford University (U.K.)

Chisomo Mwale

Chisomo Mwale '19

Chisomo is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University and is planning for PhD studies in global health.

Charles Alvarado

Charles Alvarado ’16

Charles also got his M.A.T. degree from the College and is now pursuing a PhD in Educational Neuroscience at Penn State University

Jessica Dudle

Jessica Dudley

Jessica received her MSN and DNP degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and she is now and Advanced Population Health Nurse Practitioner at University of Illinois Health Systems

Saul Bello-Rojas in lab

Saul Bello Rojas ’16

Saul completed a post-baccalaureate PREP program at Northwestern University and is now pursuing his PhD In Neuroscience at Washington University St. Louis.

Rosemary Thomas

Rosemary Thomas ’18

Rosemary presented her undergraduate senior thesis at national meetings and is now pursuing her M.D. degree at Rush University

Logan Graham

Logan Graham '17

Logan is pursing double degrees of Master in Healthcare Services Administration (MHSA) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) at Xavier University.

Pascal Accoh in lab

Pascal Accoh ’12

Pascal received his M.D. degree from Southern Illinois University and is now a Physician resident at St. Louis University.

Having declared a minor in neuroscience, I realized that I like learning about the most complex organ and all the networks connected to it.

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Contact Us

Shubhik DebBurman
Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences
Chair of Neuroscience
Lillard Science Center 213
847-735-6040
debburma@lakeforest.edu

Elizabeth Herbert
Laboratory Supervisor
Lillard 260
847-735-6045
herbert@lakeforest.edu

Michelle Burgener
Department Assistant
Reid Hall 210
847-735-6147
burgener@lakeforest.edu