A Note for Prospective Students

The Diering Lab is a recently established lab and is actively recruiting graduate students for rotation. Our lab focuses on big questions in neuroscience, including: how are memories formed and maintained? How does sleep bolster neurological processes? What are the cognitive consequences of low-quality sleep? Does sleep disruption contribute to the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease?  And, is there a connection between sleep quality in early stages of development and the progression of autism spectrum disorders? We anticipate that prospective graduate students will have overlapping interests in some of these areas.


About UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the United States, and is consistently ranked as one of the best public institutions in the country. The Diering Lab is in the UNC Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, which is housed within the UNC School of Medicine. UNC is a large research university and graduate students have broad access to diverse resources.

Chapel Hill is a classic college town nested within a larger urban zone. The city is a short drive from both Duke University in Durham, and NC State University in Raleigh. The combined cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the “Research Triangle,” a fast-growing region known for its research-focused industry.

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Things To Do in Chapel Hill

Live Music

Cat’s Cradle
Local 506
Memorial Hall
The Cave
Carrboro Music Festival


Carolina Brewery
Top of the Hill
Steel String



Carolina Performing Arts
NC Botanical Garden
Ackland Art Museum
Morehead Planetarium
Center for the Study of the American South
Carrboro Farmer’s Market

Outdoor Recreation

Paddling on University Lake
Mountain biking in Carolina North Forest
Mason Farm Biological Reserve
Coker Arboretum
Battle Park
Johnston Mill Nature Preserve

Nearby State Parks

Eno River  (12 miles)
Occoneechee Mountain (13 miles)
Jordan Lake (15 miles)
Umstead  (22 miles)
Falls Lake (33 miles)

Upscale Restaurants

Top of the Hill
Elaine’s on Franklin

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