Dennis O’Leary

Professor Emeritus

Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory

Vincent J. Coates Chair in Molecular Neurobiology

Dennis O'Leary
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Publications

List of Publications

Leingartner A, Thuret S, Kroll TT, Chou S-J, Leasure JL, Gage FH & O'Leary DDM 2007 Sizes of somatosensory and motor cortical areas determine proficiency at tactile and motor behaviors. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 104:4153-4158.

Hoopfer ED1, McLaughlin T1, Watts RJ, Schuldiner O & O'Leary DDM2, Luo L2 2006 Wlds protection distinguishes axon degeneration following injury from naturally-occurring developmental pruning. Neuron 50:883-895. [1, co-first authors; 2, co-communicating authors]

Takeuchi A & O'Leary DDM 2006 Radial migration of superficial layer cortical neurons controlled by novel Ig cell adhesion molecule, MDGA1. Journal of Neuroscience 26:4460-4464.

Pak W, Hindges R, Lim Y-S, Pfaff SL & O'Leary DDM 2004. Magnitude of binocular vision controlled by Islet-2 repression of a genetic program that specifies laterality of retinal axon pathfinding. Cell 119:567-578.

Hamasaki T*, Leingartner A*, Ringstedt T & O'Leary DDM 2004. EMX2 regulates sizes and positioning of the primary sensory and motor areas in neocortex by direct specification of cortical progenitors. Neuron 43:359-372

McLaughlin, T1, Torborg, CL1, Feller, MB2, O'Leary, DDM2 (2003) Retinotopic map refinement requires spontaneous retinal waves during a brief critical period of development. Neuron 40:1147-1160. [1co-first authors; 2co-corresponding authors]

McLaughlin, T, Hindges, R, Yates, PA, O'Leary, DDM (2003) Bifunctional action of ephrin-B1 as a repellent and attractant to control bidirectional branch extension in dorsal-ventral retinotopic mapping. Development 130:2407-2418.

Hindges, R1, McLaughlin, T1, Genoud, N, Henkemeyer, M, O'Leary, DDM (2002) EphB forward signaling controls directional branch extension and arborization required for dorsal-ventral retinotopic mapping. Neuron 35:475-487. [1co-first authors]

Erkman, L, Yates, PA, McLaughlin, T, ... O'Leary, DDM1, Rosenfeld, MG1 (2000) A POU domain transcription factor dependent program regulates axon pathfinding in the vertebrate visual system. Neuron 28:779-792. [1co-corresponding authors]

Bishop, KM, Goudreau, G, O'Leary, DDM (2000) Emx2 and Pax6 regulate area identity in the mammalian neocortex. Science 288:344-349.

Brown, A1, Yates, PA1, Burrola, P, Ortuño, D, Vaidya, A, Jessell, TM, Pfaff, SL, O'Leary, DDM, Lemke, G (2000) Topographic mapping from the retina to the midbrain is controlled by relative but not absolute levels of EphA receptor signaling. Cell : 102:77-88. [1co-first authors]


BS, Biology and Biochemistry, University of Illinois
PhD, Neural Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis
Postdoctoral Fellow, Salk Institute

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2004 Javits Investigator Award in Neuroscience, NINDS, NIH
  • 2003 AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2003 Ariens-Kappers Award Laureate, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2002 ISI Highly Cited Researcher
  • 1999 McKnight Investigator Award
  • 1999 Capputto Memorial Award from Argentina Society for Neuroscience
  • 1996 Decade of the Brain Medalist, American Association Neurological Surgeons
  • 1991 Young Investigator Award, Society for Neuroscience
  • 1988 Krieg Cortical Explorer Award
  • 1987 McKnight Scholars Award
  • 1987 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 1987