Maria Medalla, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Boston University

Dr. Medalla’s work combines cellular in vitro electrophysiological methods with multi-scale anatomic techniques to understand the biophysical and synaptic properties of neurons within prefrontal cortical (PFC) networks in non-human primate and rodent animal models. Her expertise includes patch-clamp recording, pathway tract-tracing, multiple immunohistochemical labeling techniques for light and electron microscopy (EM), 3D serial EM, and confocal microscopy. The major goal of her work is to understand how distinct limbic, sensory and motor networks interact and are controlled by the PFC – the central executive of the brain. Her current focus is on the medial prefrontal anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) in rhesus monkeys, an area important for attention, emotions and context-to-action transformations, and is selectively disrupted in many affective disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

2018 Boston University: Spivack Emerging Leader

Circuit structure and dynamics in prefrontal-limbic networks
04/01/2019 - 01/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

The efficacy of curcumin to facilitate recovery of function in a rhesus monkey model of cortical injury
09/30/2018 - 08/31/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Maria Medalla, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Physiology and Structure of Prefrontal Projections to Memory and Motor Circuits
09/23/2015 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Physiology and Structure of Prefrontal Projections to Memory and Motor Circuits
08/15/2013 - 07/31/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health


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  1. Ash PEA, Lei S, Shattuck J, Boudeau S, Carlomagno Y, Medalla M, Mashimo BL, Socorro G, Al-Mohanna LFA, Jiang L, Öztürk MM, Knobel M, Ivanov P, Petrucelli L, Wegmann S, Kanaan NM, Wolozin B. TIA1 potentiates tau phase separation and promotes generation of toxic oligomeric tau. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Mar 02; 118(9).View Related Profiles. PMID: 33619090; PMCID: PMC7936275; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2014188118;
  2. Go V, Sarikaya D, Zhou Y, Bowley BGE, Pessina MA, Rosene DL, Zhang ZG, Chopp M, Finklestein SP, Medalla M, Buller B, Moore TL. Extracellular vesicles derived from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells enhance myelin maintenance after cortical injury in aged rhesus monkeys. Exp Neurol. 2021 Mar; 337:113540.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33264634; PMCID: PMC7946396; DOI: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2020.113540;
  3. Calderazzo SM, Busch SE, Moore TL, Rosene DL, Medalla M. Distribution and overlap of entorhinal, premotor, and amygdalar connections in the monkey anterior cingulate cortex. J Comp Neurol. 2021 03; 529(4):885-904.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32677044; PMCID: PMC8214921; DOI: 10.1002/cne.24986;
  4. Muraoka S, DeLeo AM, Sethi MK, Yukawa-Takamatsu K, Yang Z, Ko J, Hogan JD, Ruan Z, You Y, Wang Y, Medalla M, Ikezu S, Chen M, Xia W, Gorantla S, Gendelman HE, Issadore D, Zaia J, Ikezu T. Proteomic and biological profiling of extracellular vesicles from Alzheimer's disease human brain tissues. Alzheimers Dement. 2020 06; 16(6):896-907.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32301581; PMCID: PMC7293582; DOI: 10.1002/alz.12089;
  5. LeBlang CJ, Medalla M, Nicoletti NW, Hays EC, Zhao J, Shattuck J, Cruz AL, Wolozin B, Luebke JI. Reduction of the RNA Binding Protein TIA1 Exacerbates Neuroinflammation in Tauopathy. Front Neurosci. 2020; 14:285.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32327969; PMCID: PMC7161592; DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00285;
  6. Medalla M, Chang W, Calderazzo SM, Go V, Tsolias A, Goodliffe JW, Pathak D, De Alba D, Pessina M, Rosene DL, Buller B, Moore TL. Treatment with Mesenchymal-Derived Extracellular Vesicles Reduces Injury-Related Pathology in Pyramidal Neurons of Monkey Perilesional Ventral Premotor Cortex. J Neurosci. 2020 04 22; 40(17):3385-3407.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32241837; PMCID: PMC7178914; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2226-19.2020;
  7. Ikezu S, Yeh H, Delpech JC, Woodbury ME, Van Enoo AA, Ruan Z, Sivakumaran S, You Y, Holland C, Guillamon-Vivancos T, Yoshii-Kitahara A, Botros MB, Madore C, Chao PH, Desani A, Manimaran S, Kalavai SV, Johnson WE, Butovsky O, Medalla M, Luebke JI, Ikezu T. Inhibition of colony stimulating factor 1 receptor corrects maternal inflammation-induced microglial and synaptic dysfunction and behavioral abnormalities. Mol Psychiatry. 2020 Feb 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32071385; PMCID: PMC7431382; DOI: 10.1038/s41380-020-0671-2;
  8. Go V, Bowley BGE, Pessina MA, Zhang ZG, Chopp M, Finklestein SP, Rosene DL, Medalla M, Buller B, Moore TL. Extracellular vesicles from mesenchymal stem cells reduce microglial-mediated neuroinflammation after cortical injury in aged Rhesus monkeys. Geroscience. 2020 02; 42(1):1-17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31691891; PMCID: PMC7031476; DOI: 10.1007/s11357-019-00115-w;
  9. Guillamon-Vivancos T, Tyler WA, Medalla M, Chang WW, Okamoto M, Haydar TF, Luebke JI. Distinct Neocortical Progenitor Lineages Fine-tune Neuronal Diversity in a Layer-specific Manner. Cereb Cortex. 2019 03 01; 29(3):1121-1138.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29415216; PMCID: PMC6373699; DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhy019;
  10. Moore TL, Bowley BGE, Pessina MA, Calderazzo SM, Medalla M, Go V, Zhang ZG, Chopp M, Finklestein S, Harbaugh AG, Rosene DL, Buller B. Mesenchymal derived exosomes enhance recovery of motor function in a monkey model of cortical injury. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2019; 37(4):347-362.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31282441; PMCID: PMC8062985; DOI: 10.3233/RNN-190910;
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