Kathleen S. Rockland, PhD

Research Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Kathleen Rockland
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)


Dr. Rockland received her doctorate at Chobanian and Avedisian 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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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

Classes Taught

  • 777/778/779


  • Published on 12/1/2023

    Schmahmann JD, Rockland KS. Introduction to the special issue. J Comp Neurol. 2023 Dec; 531(18):1869. PMID: 38159066.

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  • Published on 11/8/2023

    Rockland KS. Cellular and laminar architecture: A short history and commentary. J Comp Neurol. 2023 Dec; 531(18):1926-1933. PMID: 37941081.

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  • Published on 2/13/2023

    Rockland KS. A brief sketch across multiscale and comparative neuroanatomical features. Front Neuroanat. 2023; 17:1108363. PMID: 36861111.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Rockland KS, Graves WW. The angular gyrus: a special issue on its complex anatomy and function. Brain Struct Funct. 2023 Jan; 228(1):1-5. PMID: 36369274.

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  • Published on 12/14/2022

    DeFelipe J, DeFelipe-Oroquieta J, Furcila D, Muñoz-Alegre M, Maestú F, Sola RG, Blázquez-Llorca L, Armañanzas R, Kastanaskaute A, Alonso-Nanclares L, Rockland KS, Arellano JI. Neuroanatomical and psychological considerations in temporal lobe epilepsy. Front Neuroanat. 2022; 16:995286. PMID: 36590377.

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  • Published on 7/29/2022

    Rockland KS. Angular gyrus: an anatomical case study for association cortex. Brain Struct Funct. 2023 Jan; 228(1):131-143. PMID: 35906433.

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  • Published on 6/3/2022

    Rockland KS. Clustered Intrinsic Connections: Not a Single System. Front Syst Neurosci. 2022; 16:910845. PMID: 35720440.

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  • 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 5/25/2022

    Sakharkar M, Rockland KS, Duque A. Complex Neurochemical Microstructure of the Stria Terminalis in Infant and Adult Macaque Monkey. Front Neuroanat. 2022; 16:891608. PMID: 35692258.

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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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