Konstantinos Zarbalis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, UC Davis School of Medicine, Assistant Investigator, Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, California 9581 

Phone: 916-453-2189 / Fax: 916-453-2288
E-mail: kzarbalis@ucdavis.edu  

Areas of Interest

 Cerebral Cortical Development, Developmental Defects in Autism


Dr. Zarbalis’ research interests are centered on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that guide the development of the cerebral cortex. Of particular interest to Dr. Zarbalis’ research group are defects in cerebral cortical development that occur in the embryo and fetus and lead to autism spectrum disorders. Current projects are focused on the role of cortical enlargement and defective connectivity in the manifestation of behavioral abnormalities associated with autism spectrum disorders.

Current IDDRC Projects

  • Behavioral evaluation of a novel autism mouse model, SFARI, 286567

Recent Representative Publications

Orosco L. A., Cates S. L, Ross A. P., Sohn J., Pleasure D., Pleasure S. J., Adamopoulos I. E., Zarbalis K. S. Loss of Wdfy3 in mice alters cerebral cortical neurogenesis reflecting aspects of the autism pathology. Nat. Commun. In press (2014).