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

The efficacy of curcumin to facilitate recovery of function in a rhesus monkey model of cortical injury
09/30/2018 - 08/31/2019 (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. 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 Mar 01; 29(3):1121-1138.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29415216.
  2. Goodliffe JW, Song H, Rubakovic A, Chang W, Medalla M, Weaver CM, Luebke JI. Differential changes to D1 and D2 medium spiny neurons in the 12-month-old Q175+/- mouse model of Huntington's Disease. PLoS One. 2018; 13(8):e0200626.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30118496.
  3. Apicco DJ, Ash PEA, Maziuk B, LeBlang C, Medalla M, Al Abdullatif A, Ferragud A, Botelho E, Ballance HI, Dhawan U, Boudeau S, Cruz AL, Kashy D, Wong A, Goldberg LR, Yazdani N, Zhang C, Ung CY, Tripodis Y, Kanaan NM, Ikezu T, Cottone P, Leszyk J, Li H, Luebke J, Bryant CD, Wolozin B. Reducing the RNA binding protein TIA1 protects against tau-mediated neurodegeneration in vivo. Nat Neurosci. 2018 Jan; 21(1):72-80.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29273772.
  4. Medalla M, Gilman JP, Wang JY, Luebke JI. Strength and Diversity of Inhibitory Signaling Differentiates Primate Anterior Cingulate from Lateral Prefrontal Cortex. J Neurosci. 2017 May 03; 37(18):4717-4734.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28381592; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3757-16.2017;.
  5. Hsu A, Luebke JI, Medalla M. Comparative ultrastructural features of excitatory synapses in the visual and frontal cortices of the adult mouse and monkey. J Comp Neurol. 2017 Jun 15; 525(9):2175-2191.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28256708; DOI: 10.1002/cne.24196;.
  6. Gilman JP, Medalla M, Luebke JI. Area-Specific Features of Pyramidal Neurons-a Comparative Study in Mouse and Rhesus Monkey. Cereb Cortex. 2017 Mar 01; 27(3):2078-2094.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26965903; DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhw062;.
  7. Asai H, Ikezu S, Tsunoda S, Medalla M, Luebke J, Haydar T, Wolozin B, Butovsky O, Kügler S, Ikezu T. Depletion of microglia and inhibition of exosome synthesis halt tau propagation. Nat Neurosci. 2015 Nov; 18(11):1584-93.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26436904; PMCID: PMC4694577; DOI: 10.1038/nn.4132;.
  8. Tyler WA, Medalla M, Guillamon-Vivancos T, Luebke JI, Haydar TF. Neural precursor lineages specify distinct neocortical pyramidal neuron types. J Neurosci. 2015 Apr 15; 35(15):6142-52.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25878286; PMCID: PMC4397608; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0335-15.2015;.
  9. Medalla M, Luebke JI. Diversity of glutamatergic synaptic strength in lateral prefrontal versus primary visual cortices in the rhesus monkey. J Neurosci. 2015 Jan 7; 35(1):112-27.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25568107; PMCID: PMC4287137; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3426-14.2015;.
  10. Medalla M, Barbas H. Specialized prefrontal "auditory fields": organization of primate prefrontal-temporal pathways. Front Neurosci. 2014; 8:77. PMID: 24795553; PMCID: PMC3997038; DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00077;.
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