The Psychology Department at the University of California, Davis has a top-ranked Ph.D. program oriented toward training qualified students to pursue careers in the areas of research and teaching. Students work closely with one or two faculty members to develop research programs that result in published work in the top journals. The program requirements include minimal coursework and emphasize engagement in research from the start of the program.
The Neuroscience Graduate Program, one of the premier training programs in the United States is located in the Center for Neuroscience, providing students with unparalleled opportunities for research at the cutting edge of neuroscience. The UC Davis Center for Neuroscience draws from a wide variety of resources to conduct its teaching and research programs. Contributing to its interdisciplinary approach are Center faculty members, students, and collaborators who represent 13 academic departments and sections on the main campus and a number of other sites. These sites include the California Regional Primate Research Center, UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, the Veterans Administration Health Care System Outpatient Clinic in Martinez, other hospitals in northern California, and other universities worldwide. Visiting faculty members from throughout the world bring additional outstanding talent to the Center's programs.
The Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (BMCDB) Graduate Group comprises students and faculty who share an interest in studying fundamental biological problems at the organismal, cellular and molecular levels. Experimental approaches used to address these problems range from the atomic and ultra-structural levels to model organisms that include yeast to mammals. Research in the group reflects traditional disciplinary strengths in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell and developmental biology, as well as interdisciplinary approaches that combine biology, genetics, chemistry, physics, engineering, math and/or computational approaches.