Stephen C. Noctor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

I grew up in the great state of New Jersey, attended Rutgers University, and got my PhD in the laboratory of Sharon Juliano at USU in Bethesda, MD. In Sharon’s lab I studied cortical development in the ferret model, focusing on neurogenesis, radial glial cell morphology, Cajal Retzius cell distribution, and the development of cortical layers. I next performed post-doctoral work with Dr. Arnold Kriegstein, focusing on radial glial cell function, neural precursor cell identity, and neuronal migration in the rat model. At the UC Davis MIND Institute I continue to study cortical development using a variety of vertebrate models. I focus on factors that regulate development under normal and pathological conditions.

My interest in studying cortical development and neurodevelopmental disorders is both personal and intellectual. I understand the impact that neurodevelopmental disorders have on the lives of affected individuals, and the families and friends who care for them. I am driven to contribute to our understanding of brain development to speed discovery of new treatments, therapies, and cures.

This can only be accomplished when surrounded by good people:


Current Lab Members

Elisa Penna, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher

Skippy Keiter, PhD Neuroscience Graduate Program

Anna Kreutz, PhD Neuroscience Graduate Program

Hunter Shepherd BYU-Idaho / Internship Program

Jake Nelson BYU-I Intern Website Development Uberfine Web Design

Former Lab Members

Chris Cunningham, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins

Anish Prakash California Dept. of Rehabilitation CPA

Nicole Barger, PhD
Post-doctoral researcher

Stephanie Saylor

Pratiksha Dighe, M.S. UC Davis / CSUS Bridges to Stem Cells Program

Mai Chounchay Visiting Researcher

Craig Jarvis Medical Student, 2LT US Army

Joseph Elsbernd, M.S. UC Davis / CSUS Bridges to Stem Cells Program, v1.0 BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.