Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience (CSFN) is to foster multidisciplinary research and training at the interface of molecular neurophysiology, cellular neurobiology, and molecular neuropharmacology. A diverse group of faculty representing synthetic chemists, molecular biologists, physiologists, and clinicians form a dynamic and collaborative neuroscience research group.


The Center serves as part of the infrastructure for a broad range of basic and translational biomedical research efforts in Montana. It is directed by Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., and investigators include faculty from various departments including Biomedical and Pharmaceutical SciencesChemistry & BiochemistryMathematics, and the Division of Biological Sciences at The University of Montana in Missoula. In addition to the UM campus, affiliated investigators are also located at the McLaughlin Research Institute in Great Falls and at Montana State University in Bozeman. The CSFN was developed with support from the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence Program of the National Institutes of Health (grant P20 RR015583) and from a Montana Board of Research & Commercialization Technology grant to Enhance Applied Research in Biomedicine.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) at the University of Montana provides multidisciplinary training for students interested in pursuing careers in academic or industrial neuroscience research. Students have the opportunity to work with Center faculty from various departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, which receives more than $14 million annually in federal research funding and is currently ranked 11th in total funding among all Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy in the United States.

The multidisciplinary faculty within the NGP provide students with access to a unique range of training and technical approaches they can to apply study CNS functions. While research within the neuroscience graduate program touches upon a wide range of disciplines, there is an especially strong emphasis at the neurochemical, protein, and cellular levels, particularly as related to investigating mechanisms of neuronal communication and how alterations in these processes contribute to CNS disease and injury.

Questions? For more information contact CSFN Director Michael Kavanaugh at michael.kavanaugh@umontana.edu or (406) 243-4398.