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.


  • Lee H, Wang Z, Zeger SL, Gallagher M, Knierim JJ. Heterogeneity of age-related neural hyperactivity along the CA3 transverse axis. J Neurosci. 2021;41:663-673.
  • Branch A, Monasterio A, Blair G, Knierim J, Gallagher M, Haberman R. Aged rats with preserved memory dynamically recruit hippocampal inhibition in a local/global cue mismatch environment. Neurobiol Aging 2019; 76: 151-161.
  • 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
  • Haberman R, Koh M, Gallagher M. Heightened cortical excitability in aged rodents with memory impairment. Neurobiol Aging 2017; 54: 144-151.
  • 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.