Research Opportunities

Neurological and behavioural disorders comprise a significant proportion of the global burden of disease. Our NBD programme comprises of research groups that investigate molecular, developmental, systems, neurodegenerative and cognitive neuroscience.

Our world-class research teams will provide excellent opportunities to train PhD or MD students to become independent scientists in various areas of neuroscience.

For the elective courses, students are able to choose any other graduate modules offered at NUS by searching through respective faculty/ department’s website. Some of the elective course that students can take including the following modules which are hosted by NGS (NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering), subjects to availability.

Learn more about the PhD Programme.

Learn more about our MD/PhD Track.


PhD & MD/PhD Program

Curriculum Requirement Credit
Semester 1
Core Course "Molecules to Medicines" 4
Laboratory Rotation 1 2
Laboratory Rotation 2 2
Laboratory Rotation 3 2
Semester 2 onwards
Compulsory course:
MDG5245 - Neuronal Signaling and Mechanisms of Effective Learning  4
GMS6900 - Student Research Seminars (6 semesters) 3
Elective Courses Listed (To discuss with Advisor): 4
Thesis & Research 40
Total 61

Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme: Thesis Mentors


Research Topic




Cao, Mian

Assistant Professor

Investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms of dysfunctional synaptic membrane trafficking in neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Parkinson’s disease, and reveals the potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of these diseases.  Duke-NUS   +65 6516 1096

Claridge-Chang, Adam
Associate Professor

Models of cognitive and emotional dysfunction in Drosophila melanogaster


+65 6601 6963

Crowston, Jonathan 
My research is focused around protecting the optic nerve from degeneration in conditions such as glaucoma.  In particular we are interested in how retinal ganglion cells can repair themselves after injury and why the capacity for repair diminishes with advancing age. The ultimate goal is to develop novel therapeutic targets that render the optic nerve resistant to eye pressure elevation.

+65 6601 4127
De Paola, Vincenzo
Visiting Professor
We study human neural circuit wiring and dysfunction in neuropsychiatric conditions. We focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of the synaptic life cycle (i.e. synapse formation and elimination) and axon degeneration/regeneration. Our ultimate goal is to find new ways to harness brain plasticity for neurological repair. Duke-NUS +65 6516 6382 

Gooley, Joshua J
Associate Professor

Chronobiology, human circadian rhythms, sleep deprivation


+65 6516 7430

Je, Hyunsoo Shawn
Associate Professor

Developing circuit-based mouse models of neuropsychiatric diseases, including schizophrenia, autism, and depression. Understanding cell and molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity


+65 6601 1260

Lee, Tih-Shih
Associate Professor

Brain-computer interface, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder


+65 6516 7461

Nishiyama, Jun

Assistant Professor

Synaptic Function and Dysfunction in Neuropsychiatric Disorders. 
Duke-NUS +65 6516 1906
Sun, Alfred
Assistant Professor

1) Developing and utilizing novel human neural cells based models as better proxy for disease phenotypes ex vivo. Current focuses: neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders 

2) Design-based making of synthetic neural cells. 

Duke-NUS +65 6601 6841

Tan, Eng King

Genetic epidemiology, pathophysiologic studies of diseased genes and experimental therapeutics in neurodegenerative diseases


+65 6326 5003

Wang, Hongyan

Neural stem cell self-renewal, asymmetric cell division, neuronal degeneration


+65 6516 7740

Zhang, Su-Chun

Neural degeneration and regeneration


+65 6516 4386

Research Appointments

We also often have opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Assistants and Associates.

Please click here to go to our "Careers" page for Research Appointments and Vacancies under Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme.