Course Catalog



Ben Barres, MD,PhD

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Faculty of Neurobiology:

Department Offices:

Fairchild Building, Second Floor
Mail Code: 5125
Stanford, CA 94305-5125

Courses offered by the Department of Neurobiology are listed under the subject code NBIO on Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.


Graduate students in the Department of Neurobiology obtain the PhD degree through the interdepartmental Neurosciences PhD program. Accepted students receive funding for tuition and a living stipend. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the research interests of the faculty and, if possible, indicate their preference on the application form which is submitted directly to the Neurosciences Program.

Medical students also are encouraged to enroll in the PhD program. The requirements of the PhD program are fitted to the interests and time schedules of the student. Postdoctoral training is available to graduates holding PhD or MD degrees, and further information is obtained directly from the faculty member concerned.

Research interests of the department include information processing in vertebrate retina; structure, function, and development of auditory and visual systems; development and regeneration in the central and peripheral nervous system; neural mechanisms mediating higher nervous system functions, including perception, learning, attention and decision making.

Course and lab instruction in the Department of Neurobiology conforms to the “Policy on the Use of Vertebrate Animals in Teaching Activities,” the text of which is available at

The department offers a one-quarter course (NBIO 206) on the structure and function of the nervous system, which is open to medical and graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Advanced courses are open to students who have completed the basic course.

Postdoctoral Training opportunities are available. For information, refer to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs home page at, the departmental home page, or contact the faculty member directly.


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