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.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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

Classes Taught

  • 724
  • 815
  • AN 815
  • GMSAN804
  • GMSBN777
  • GMSBN778
  • GMSBN779


  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Rockland KS. Looking for the origins of axons. Elife. 2022 Jun 01; 11. PMID: 35647816.

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  • Published on 1/28/2022

    Rockland KS. Notes on Visual Cortical Feedback and Feedforward Connections. Front Syst Neurosci. 2022; 16:784310. PMID: 35153685.

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  • Published on 8/12/2021

    Rockland KS. Cytochrome oxidase "blobs": a call for more anatomy. Brain Struct Funct. 2021 Dec; 226(9):2793-2806. PMID: 34382115.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Swiegers J, Bhagwandin A, Williams VM, Maseko BC, Sherwood CC, Hård T, Bertelsen MF, Rockland KS, Molnár Z, Manger PR. The distribution, number, and certain neurochemical identities of infracortical white matter neurons in a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) brain. J Comp Neurol. 2021 10; 529(14):3429-3452. PMID: 34180538.

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  • Published on 2/2/2021

    Rockland KS. A Closer Look at Corticothalamic "Loops". Front Neural Circuits. 2021; 15:632668. PMID: 33603649.

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  • Published on 3/4/2020

    Bhagwandin A, Debipersadh U, Kaswera-Kyamakya C, Gilissen E, Rockland KS, Molnár Z, Manger PR. Distribution, number, and certain neurochemical identities of infracortical white matter neurons in the brains of three megachiropteran bat species. J Comp Neurol. 2020 12 01; 528(17):3023-3038. PMID: 32103488.

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  • Published on 2/3/2020

    Katona L, Hartwich K, Tomioka R, Somogyi J, Roberts JDB, Wagner K, Joshi A, Klausberger T, Rockland KS, Somogyi P. Synaptic organisation and behaviour-dependent activity of mGluR8a-innervated GABAergic trilaminar cells projecting from the hippocampus to the subiculum. Brain Struct Funct. 2020 Mar; 225(2):705-734. PMID: 32016558.

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  • Published on 1/10/2020

    Rockland KS. What we can learn from the complex architecture of single axons. Brain Struct Funct. 2020 May; 225(4):1327-1347. PMID: 31925518.

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  • Published on 12/18/2019

    Rockland KS. Distinctive Spatial and Laminar Organization of Single Axons from Lateral Pulvinar in the Macaque. Vision (Basel). 2019 Dec 18; 4(1). PMID: 31861468.

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  • Published on 10/2/2019

    Borra E, Luppino G, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Rockland KS. Projections to the putamen from neurons located in the white matter and the claustrum in the macaque. J Comp Neurol. 2020 02 15; 528(3):453-467. PMID: 31483857.

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