Stephen C. Noctor, Ph.D.

Stephen C. Noctor, Ph.D.

Associate 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 perinatal development of the cerebral cortex, the folded outermost layer of the brain.  The cerebral cortex plays an important role in processes as varied as control of movement, vision, hearing, touch, learning and memory, and higher cognition.  The Noctor lab studies how the cerebral cortex develops during early stages of life, with a central focus on factors that control the embryonic stem and progenitor cells that produce cortical neurons and glial cells.  His current work is examining how interactions between the developing nervous and immune systems govern growth of the brain during development.  These studies have opened new avenues for understanding the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders that result from alterations in cell production.


B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University, 1991
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, 1998