cores: The Behavioral Testing Program at Homewood
The Behavioral Testing Program at Homewood

Genetic modifications can only be evaluated to the extent that the behaviors in mice can be interpreted as the effects of specific brain processes. Michela Gallagher, M.D., a world leader in the neuroscience of mouse behavior, will develop new assays to meet the needs of the neurogeneticists.

Michela Gallagher, M.D. 
Michela Gallagher, M.D. received her B.A. from Colgate University in 1969 and Ph.D. from The University of Vermont in 1977. She served on the faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was the Kenan Professor of Psychology prior to joining Johns Hopkins University in 1997. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers. She was the recipient of a Senior Research Scientist Award from NIMH (1990-1999) and is a current recipient of a Freedom to Discover Award from the Bristol-Myers Foundation (2003-2008). She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She chaired the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins from 2000-2007. She now serves as the Director of the Neurogenetics and Behavior Center at Johns Hopkins University and heads a multi-institutional research program in the area of neurocognitive aging funded by the National Institute on Aging. In addition to her scientific and professional work, Dr. Gallagher sustains an interest in the fine arts, dating from her education at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and her undergraduate degree in that field from Colgate University.

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