Nicola Allen

Assistant Professor

Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory

Hearst Foundation Development Chair

Nicola Allen
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Publications

List of Publications

Boisvert MM, Erikson GA, Shokhirev MN, Allen NJ (2018) The Aging Astrocyte Transcriptome from Multiple Regions of the Mouse Brain Cell Reports, 22, p269-285.

Farhy-Tselnicker I, van Casteren ACM, Lee A, Chang VT, Radu Aricescu A, Allen NJ (2017) Astrocyte-Secreted Glypican 4 Regulates Release of Neuronal Pentraxin 1 from Axons to Induce Functional Synapse Formation. Neuron, 96, p428-445.

Allen NJ, Bennett ML, Foo LC, Wang GX, Chakraborty C, Smith SJ, Barres BA (2012) Astrocyte glypican 4 & 6 promote formation of excitatory synapses via GluA1 AMPA receptors. Nature, 486, p410-414.

Allen NJ (2012) Glial Control of synaptogenesis. Neuroglia (H Kettenmann & B Ransom editors), 3rd Edition, Elsevier.

Foo LC, Allen NJ, Bushong EA, Ventura PB, Chung WS, Zhou L, Cahoy JD, Daneman R, Zong H, Ellisman MH, Barres BA (2011) Development of a method for the purification and culture of rodent astrocytes. Neuron, 71, p799-811.

Eroglu C, Allen NJ, Susman MW, O'Rourke NA, Park CY, Ozkan E, Chakraborty C, Mulinyawe SB, Annis DS, Huberman AD, Green EM, Lawler J, Dolmetsch R, Garcia KC, Smith SJ, Luo ZD, Rosenthal A, Mosher DF, Barres BA (2009) Gabapentin receptor alpha2delta-1 is a neuronal thrombospondin receptor responsible for excitatory CNS synaptogenesis. Cell, 139, p380-392.

Allen NJ, Rossi DJ and Attwell D (2004) Sequential release of GABA by exocytosis and reversed uptake leads to neuronal swelling in simulated ischaemia of hippocampal slices. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, p3837-3849.


BSc, Anatomical Sciences, University of Manchester, England, 1998
PhD, Neuroscience, University College London, England, 2003
PhD, Advisor: David Attwell, PhD

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 Pew Scholar
  • 2005-2008 Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Long Term Fellowship
  • 2004-2005 European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Long Term Fellowship
  • 1999-2003 Wellcome Trust PhD Fellowship

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