Maria Medalla, PhD
Associate 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

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

Transcriptomic, physiological, and neurochemical profiling of cortico-limbic projection neurons in monkey anterior cingulate cortex
01/01/2022 - 11/30/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Maria Medalla, PhD
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. Tsolias A, Medalla M. Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor Localization on Distinct Excitatory and Inhibitory Neurons Within the ACC and LPFC of the Rhesus Monkey. Front Neural Circuits. 2021; 15:795325. PMID: 35087381; PMCID: PMC8786743; DOI: 10.3389/fncir.2021.795325;
  2. Bottenfield KR, Bowley BGE, Pessina MA, Medalla M, Rosene DL, Moore TL. Sex differences in recovery of motor function in a rhesus monkey model of cortical injury. Biol Sex Differ. 2021 10 09; 12(1):54.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34627376; PMCID: PMC8502310; DOI: 10.1186/s13293-021-00398-9;
  3. Medalla M, Chang W, Ibañez S, Guillamon-Vivancos T, Nittmann M, Kapitonava A, Busch SE, Moore TL, Rosene DL, Luebke JI. Layer-specific pyramidal neuron properties underlie diverse anterior cingulate cortical motor and limbic networks. Cereb Cortex. 2021 Oct 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34613380
  4. Chang W, Weaver CM, Medalla M, Moore TL, Luebke JI. Age-related alterations to working memory and to pyramidal neurons in the prefrontal cortex of rhesus monkeys begin in early middle-age and are partially ameliorated by dietary curcumin. Neurobiol Aging. 2022 01; 109:113-124.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34715442; PMCID: PMC8671373; DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2021.09.012;
  5. Delpech JC, Pathak D, Varghese M, Kalavai SV, Hays EC, Hof PR, Johnson WE, Ikezu S, Medalla M, Luebke JI, Ikezu T. Wolframin-1-expressing neurons in the entorhinal cortex propagate tau to CA1 neurons and impair hippocampal memory in mice. Sci Transl Med. 2021 09 15; 13(611):eabe8455.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34524859; PMCID: PMC8763211; DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abe8455;
  6. 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 03 02; 118(9).View Related Profiles. PMID: 33619090; PMCID: PMC7936275; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2014188118;
  7. 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 03; 337:113540.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33264634; PMCID: PMC7946396; DOI: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2020.113540;
  8. 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;
  9. 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;
  10. 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;
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