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


  • Published on 10/30/2018

    Swiegers J, Bhagwandin A, Sherwood CC, Bertelsen MF, Maseko BC, Hemingway J, Rockland KS, Molnár Z, Manger PR. The distribution, number, and certain neurochemical identities of infracortical white matter neurons in a lar gibbon (Hylobates lar) brain. J Comp Neurol. 2018 Oct 30. PMID: 30378128.

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  • Published on 10/17/2018

    Magnain C, Augustinack JC, Tirrell L, Fogarty M, Frosch MP, Boas D, Fischl B, Rockland KS. Colocalization of neurons in optical coherence microscopy and Nissl-stained histology in Brodmann's area 32 and area 21. Brain Struct Funct. 2018 Oct 17. PMID: 30328512.

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  • Published on 10/9/2018

    Rockland KS, DeFelipe J. Editorial: Why Have Cortical Layers? What Is the Function of Layering? Do Neurons in Cortex Integrate Information Across Different Layers? Front Neuroanat. 2018; 12:78. PMID: 30356892.

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  • 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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