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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 Seniors

Madeline Webb
Coming into college I had no idea what Neuroscience was. I was interested in Psychology and found that studying neuroscience could lead me to a deeper understanding of how a person is an individual on a molecular scale. Studying neuroscience at Lake Forest College has given me great opportunities like presenting at Brain Awareness Week as well as presenting on research from my internship at Rosalind Franklin’s Psychology department. These experiences have helped me decide that after graduation, I plan to pursue an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology.”
Madeline Webb
Zoe Walts
I initially chose neuroscience because of its interdisciplinary nature. I was so excited by biology and psychology and I wanted to be able to study both. It turned out to be an amazing choice, and my incredibly smart and kind professors have been with me every step of the way.  Now, as a senior, the initial draw to an interdisciplinary field has paid off. Studying neuroscience has equipped me with strong scientific and critical thinking skills, as well as practical research skills. I am excited to pursue a career in Public Health, and to contribute towards creating health equity.
Zoe Walts

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
  • Academia
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Law
  • Publishing
  • Public Policy and Health
  • College/K-12 Education
  • Allied Health Professions
  • Marketing & Sales 
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Ethics


  • 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

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

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

Sam Gascoigne

Sam Gascoigne '20

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Elizabeth Herbert
Laboratory Supervisor
Lillard 260

Michelle Burgener
Department Assistant
Lillard 101