Kathleen S. Rockland, PhD

Research Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Kathleen Rockland
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)


Dr. Rockland received her doctorate at Boston University School of Medicine (1979), working on feedforward and feedback cortical connections with Dr. Deepak Pandya. She completed postdoctoral studies on patchy horizontal intrinsic collaterals with Jennifer Lund at the Medical University of South Carolina, and began an independent laboratory in 1983 at the E.K. Shriver Center (Waltham, MA), continuing to work on cortical connectivity in non-human primates. In 1988 she joined the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at BUSM as an assistant professor, before moving in 1991 to the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa. A collaboration with Keiji Tanaka (Brain Science Institute at RIKEN, Wako, Japan) led to an invitation to join BSI as lab head, where she established the Lab for Cortical Organization and Systematics (2000). After taking sabbatical leave from BSI at Tonegawa Lab (MIT), she returned to the Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2012, where she has started a new lab, partly focused on microstructure of human postmortem cortex.


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Boston University, MA
  • Princeton University, MA
  • Wellesley College, BA

Classes Taught

  • AN 724
  • GMS BN 777


  • Published on 7/17/2018

    Rockland KS. Axon Collaterals and Brain States. Front Syst Neurosci. 2018; 12:32. PMID: 30065635.

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  • Published on 3/14/2018

    Rockland KS. Corticothalamic axon morphologies and network architecture. Eur J Neurosci. 2018 Mar 14. PMID: 29542210.

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  • Published on 8/15/2017

    Mortazavi F, Romano SE, Rosene DL, Rockland KS. A Survey of White Matter Neurons at the Gyral Crowns and Sulcal Depths in the Rhesus Monkey. Front Neuroanat. 2017; 11:69. PMID: 28860975.

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  • Published on 7/17/2017

    Rockland KS. What do we know about laminar connectivity? Neuroimage. 2017 Jul 17. PMID: 28729159.

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  • Published on 6/23/2016

    Rockland KS. Lighting up Neuroanatomy. Front Neurosci. 2016; 10:293. PMID: 27444725.

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  • Published on 6/22/2016

    Rockland KS, DeFelipe J. Editorial: Neuroanatomy for the XXIst Century. Front Neuroanat. 2016; 10:70. PMID: 27445708.

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  • Published on 6/10/2016

    DeFelipe J, Douglas RJ, Hill SL, Lein ES, Martin KA, Rockland KS, Segev I, Shepherd GM, Tamás G. Comments and General Discussion on "The Anatomical Problem Posed by Brain Complexity and Size: A Potential Solution". Front Neuroanat. 2016; 10:60. PMID: 27375436.

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  • Published on 2/22/2016

    Mortazavi F, Wang X, Rosene DL, Rockland KS. White Matter Neurons in Young Adult and Aged Rhesus Monkey. Front Neuroanat. 2016; 10:15. PMID: 26941613.

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  • Published on 5/20/2015

    Rockland KS. About connections. Front Neuroanat. 2015; 9:61. PMID: 26042001.

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  • Published on 12/31/2014

    Kim Y, Venkataraju KU, Pradhan K, Mende C, Taranda J, Turaga SC, Arganda-Carreras I, Ng L, Hawrylycz MJ, Rockland KS, Seung HS, Osten P. Mapping social behavior-induced brain activation at cellular resolution in the mouse. Cell Rep. 2015 Jan 13; 10(2):292-305. PMID: 25558063.

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