Stephen C. Noctor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street, Room 2414
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 703-0435
Dr. Noctor studies the embryonic development of cortical structures in the developing central nervous system. The cerebral cortex consists of billions of neuronal and glial cells, and is one of the most complex cellular structures in the central nervous system. This organ plays an important role in processes as varied as control of movement, vision, hearing, touch, learning and memory, and higher cognition. Dr. Noctor has identified new embryonic stem and progenitor cells that produce cortical neurons and glia, and his work is now focused on determining which factors regulate proliferation. He also studies how cortical cells migrate over long distances in the developing cerebral cortex. This work is helping us to understand how the brain produces billions of diverse cell types during a relatively short period of prenatal development, and how these cells find their appropriate location in the brain. These studies have opened new avenues for understanding the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders that result from alterations in cell production and migration, including dyslexia, epilepsy, and mental retardation.
B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University, 1991
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, 1998
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