The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC)

The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC)

ELSC is home to an internationally acclaimed brain research community, comprised of world-renowned scientists and faculty, talented postdoctoral scholars and students from across the globe. Encompassing a broad range of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, computer science, physics, and cognitive sciences, our scientists conduct groundbreaking research on the relationships between brain computations, neuronal circuits, and behavior.

At ELSC, biologists, cognitive neuroscientists and theoretical neuroscientists join forces to push the frontiers of brain treatment and repair, tackling some of the greatest scientific challenges of this century. Our key spheres of research include:

  1. Sensation and Perception – involving the study of sensory processing and the complex interactions between areas of the brain that generate conscious perception.
  2. Motor Control – defining general rules governing the motor system and developing novel approaches and techniques for treating motor disorders, including brain-machine interfaces.
  3. Artificial and Biological Intelligence – developing an understanding of deep learning, testing it as a viable model of brain function, and progressing AI by distilling our understanding of brain function into novel principles of learning, knowledge representations, computation, and intelligence.
  4. Brain Disorders – furthering our understanding of the typical and atypical brain, and developing treatment and repair strategies for brain and movement disorders.

Our ultra-modern facilities include a neuroimaging unit, a core microscopy unit, a fabrication lab, and a vector core facility, and our state-of-the-art laboratories are central to the ELSC research experience.

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The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI)

Ranked 77th among the world’s 100 leading universities (Shanghai Ranking, 2022), Hebrew University is a global leader in multidisciplinary research and cutting-edge innovation. With over 100 research centers engaged in 4,000 projects year-round, we attract leading researchers from across the globe, and are actively engaged in breakthrough research on an international scale. Yissum, our tech transfer company, has registered more than 10,750 patents covering over 3,030 inventions, and has licensed more than 1,050 technologies, making HUJI’s scientific productivity both tangible and accessible for the benefit of society.

The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC)

5-Year Direct PhD Track

A global leader in computational neuroscience, ELSC offers one of the most diverse PhD programs in the field, with an interdisciplinary approach that combines theoretical, biological and cognitive perspectives. Our 5-year direct PhD program offers a comprehensive understanding of the brain’s functions. Throughout your studies, you’ll learn computational neuroscience and its application in understanding how the nervous system orchestrates disparate functions including perception and action, learning and memory, thought and creativity. You’ll attend courses and conduct hands-on thesis research while supervised by our leading brain researchers.

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Full tuition scholarships and living stipends are granted during the first two years of study, and are extended for three additional years following acceptance to PhD studies.

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Earn your PhD in an environment that facilitates experiential learning and pioneering research, and live in Jerusalem, one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

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