IU School of Medicine



Students will participate in ongoing research projects involving (a) identification of neurotransmitters; (b) mechanisms of neurotransmitter action; and (c) the correlation of neurochemical information with nervous system function in both normal and disease states in model systems. Individual research projects will be groomed to the interests of the student and will be designed to give the student greater insight of research in the nervous system. Students will be evaluated on knowledge of the basic principles underlying sample preparation and instrumental analysis techniques and on the quality of the sample preparation and data obtained from the instrumental analyses

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Vicki Anderson (vpetrou@iupui.edu)

Director: Eric A. Engleman, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Neuroscience Research Building (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Effectively utilize basic tissue sample preparation techniques (PC5)
  • 2) Effectively apply instrumental technical skills to analyze brain samples (PC5)
  • 3) Explain basic principles underlying tissue preparation and analysis techniques (PC5)
  • 4) Experience how basic research into understanding brain function in normal and disease states is conducted (MK1)


  • Research Evaluation Form; (quality of lab work and background knowledge of the research topic).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Research; 10% Lecture; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Vicki Anderson (vpetrou@iupui.edu) Please contact Vicki Anderson (vpetrou@iupui.edu) before scheduling to determine availability and contact faculty a minimum of 4 weeks prior to start of elective.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None