Training & Mentorship Opportunities


The Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory offers training opportunities in the neuropharmacology of drug abuse for high school students, undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows and visiting scientists. For more information on graduate training opportunities visit the Grossman Institute for Neurobiology or contact Dr. de Wit.

The HBPL hosts high school students from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). IMSA students work with a senior graduate student or a post-doctoral fellow during weekly visits to the laboratory to work on an individualized project. The student will have regular meetings with Dr. de Wit. 

Undergraduates and medical students from the University of Chicago or other institutions can obtain experience in the laboratory, either as volunteers or for course credit. They work with a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, with supervision from Dr. de Wit. For course credit, students are expected to complete a project, usually over the course of an academic term, and write a quality scientific report summarizing their findings. Training opportunities are available both as summer internship programs and during the academic year. 

Graduate students accepted in to the Committee on Neurobiology at the University of Chicago may conduct doctoral research in the laboratory, under supervision of Dr. de Wit. 

Post-doctoral fellows who have completed their PhD or MD degree may apply for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, under supervision of Dr. de Wit. Sources of support include F32 awards, Institutional Training Grants, and fellowships in the Committee on Clinical Pharmacology. Trainees participate in ongoing projects and assist in the design of new related studies.