The Department of Biophysics and Neurophysiology offers a program leading to Ph.D. degree. The Department is interdisciplinary in its orientation, and it draws on the diverse resources of Armenia and international scientific community.
Programs of instruction and research are conducted in experimental, theoretical, and medical biophysics. In experimental biophysics substantial contributions have been made to structural molecular biology, radiobiology, transport processes with emphasis on biological membranes, the elucidation of the nature of biological sensors and receptors, the understanding of rhythmic behavior of biological systems, and electrochemical inter-cellular information transfer.
Theoretical biophysics includes such diversified areas as non-equilibrium thermodynamics, stochastic methods, transport, regulation and control, modeling of biological systems, application of quantum mechanics to biopolymers, theoretical estimates of forces between membranes, theoretical treatment of intermolecular interactions involving proteins and nucleic acids, and the structure and function of the nervous system.
Medical biophysics involves the application of biophysics to diagnosis and treatment. Medical biophysicists are expected to carry out biophysical research on topics directly related to medical problems, generally in close collaboration with medics, and to act as efficient intermediaries between medical and biomedical engineers.
Students are expected to participate for one semester in a pre-candidacy program of courses and preliminary research before being specialized in a specific area of research. Special attention is given to the development of teaching abilities of students being prepared for an academic career. The students enjoy a high degree of independence and freedom in the development of research programs, choice of major advisors, and pursuit of dissertation research.
The human brain is the inner universe through which all external events are perceived. That fact alone should ensure that Neuroscience will eventually receive top priority in the list of human endeavors. During the present century, one of the most fundamental questions to arise in the emergent field of Neuroscience is how an assembly of neurons becomes a functioning brain.
The Department of Neuroscience offers a program leading to Ph.D. degree. The Department is interdisciplinary in its orientation, and draws on the diverse resources of Armenia and international scientific communities.
The Department's program is designed to prepare well-qualified students to become research scientists who can assume positions in academic institutions, universities, government and industry.
Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary subject, requiring the integration of results from experimental studies in Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, Molecular Neurobiology, Neurochemistry, Neuropharmacology, Development and Behavior, as well as theoretical studies of Computational Neuronal Models and Neural Networks.
Departmental research and graduate training interests can be grouped into the following seven areas: (1) Molecular Neuroscience, (2) Cellular Neuroscience, (3) Developmental Neuroscience, (4) System and Behavioral Neuroscience, (5) Cognitive Neuroscience, (6) Computational Neuroscience and (7) Clinical Neuroscience.
These are not mutually exclusive; faculty members interests often cross these rather arbitrary divisions. The department's degree program is exclusively at the graduate level and normally leads to a Ph.D. degree. The program emphasizes intensive training in one area of neuroscience selected by students in consultation with a major professor and training in the teaching of neuroscience as a whole.
- Cellular and Membrane Biophysics
- Molecular and Theoretical Biophysics
- Radiation Biophysics
- Computer Biophysics