Johns Hopkins Medicine

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Michela Gallagher, Ph.D.

Michela Gallagher, Ph.D.

Associated Investigator

Michela Gallagher is a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and holds appointments in Psychology and Neuroscience.

Dr. Gallagher's research program is in the area of Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience. In addition to studies of psychological functions involving learning, memory and emotion, her work uses a wide range of approaches that include anatomical methods, methods for recording neurons to determine their encoding properties while animals perform complex tasks, and cellular/molecular methods to study mechanisms of signaling and plasticity.


  • Tran T, Gallagher M, Kirkwood A. Enhanced postsynaptic inhibitory strength in hippocampal principal cells in high-performing aged rats. Neurobiol Aging 2018; 70: 92-101
  • Gallagher M, Burwell R, Burvhinal M. Severity of spatial learning impairment in aging: development of a learning index for performance in the Morris water maze. Behav Neurosc 2015; 129: 540-548.
  • Koh MT, Spiegel AM, Gallagher M. Age-associated changes in hippocampal-dependent cognition in Diversity Outbred mice. Hippocampus 2014; 24: 1300-1307.
  • Spiegel AM, Koh MT, Vogt NM, Rapp PR, Gallagher M. Hilar interneuron vulnerability distinguishes aged rats with memory impairment. J Comp Neurol 2013; 521: 3508-3523.
  • Bakker A, Kraus G, Albert M, Speck C, Jones L, Stark C, Yassa M, Bassett S, Shelton A, Gallagher M. Reduction of hippocampal hyperactivity improves cognition in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuron 2012; 74: 467-474.
  • Stranahan A, Haberman R, Gallagher M. Cognitive decline is associated with reduced reelin expression in the entorhinal cortex of aged rats. Cereb Cortex 2011; 21: 392-400.