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Katerina Semendeferi

TitleProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentAnthropology
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0532
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone858-822-0750
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    A human neurodevelopmental model for Williams syndrome
    NIH/NIMH R56MH109587Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Dissecting the Social Brain: Amygdala Changes in Williams Syndrome
    NIH/NIMH R03MH103697Apr 7, 2014 - Mar 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    HOMINOID FRONTAL LOBE--NEUROIMAGING/HISTOLOGICAL STUDIES
    NIH/NINDS F32NS010201Jul 1, 1996
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Williams Syndrome: A Model for Linking Genes, Neural Systems and Social Phenotype
    NIH P01HD033113Mar 5, 1996 - Feb 28, 2016
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Falk D, Zollikofer CPE, Ponce de León M, Semendeferi K, Alatorre Warren JL, Hopkins WD. Identification of in vivo Sulci on the External Surface of Eight Adult Chimpanzee Brains: Implications for Interpreting Early Hominin Endocasts. Brain Behav Evol. 2018; 91(1):45-58. PMID: 29533941.
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    2. Lew CH, Groeniger KM, Bellugi U, Stefanacci L, Schumann CM, Semendeferi K. A postmortem stereological study of the amygdala in Williams syndrome. Brain Struct Funct. 2018 May; 223(4):1897-1907. PMID: 29270815.
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    3. Hanson KL, Lew CH, Hrvoj-Mihic B, Groeniger KM, Halgren E, Bellugi U, Semendeferi K. Increased glia density in the caudate nucleus in williams syndrome: Implications for frontostriatal dysfunction in autism. Dev Neurobiol. 2018 May; 78(5):531-545. PMID: 29090517.
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    4. Hrvoj-Mihic B, Hanson KL, Lew CH, Stefanacci L, Jacobs B, Bellugi U, Semendeferi K. Basal Dendritic Morphology of Cortical Pyramidal Neurons in Williams Syndrome: Prefrontal Cortex and Beyond. Front Neurosci. 2017; 11:419. PMID: 28848376.
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    5. Lew CH, Brown C, Bellugi U, Semendeferi K. Neuron density is decreased in the prefrontal cortex in Williams syndrome. Autism Res. 2017 Jan; 10(1):99-112. PMID: 27520580.
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    6. Chailangkarn T, Trujillo CA, Freitas BC, Hrvoj-Mihic B, Herai RH, Yu DX, Brown TT, Marchetto MC, Bardy C, McHenry L, Stefanacci L, Järvinen A, Searcy YM, DeWitt M, Wong W, Lai P, Ard MC, Hanson KL, Romero S, Jacobs B, Dale AM, Dai L, Korenberg JR, Gage FH, Bellugi U, Halgren E, Semendeferi K, Muotri AR. A human neurodevelopmental model for Williams syndrome. Nature. 2016 08 18; 536(7616):338-43. PMID: 27509850.
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    7. Hanson KL, Hrvoj-Mihic B, Semendeferi K. A dual comparative approach: integrating lines of evidence from human evolutionary neuroanatomy and neurodevelopmental disorders. Brain Behav Evol. 2014; 84(2):135-55. PMID: 25247986; PMCID: PMC4174449.
    8. Herai RR, Stefanacci L, Hrvoj-Mihic B, Chailangkarn T, Hanson K, Semendeferi K, Muotri AR. Micro RNA detection in long-term fixed tissue of cortical glutamatergic pyramidal neurons after targeted laser-capture neuroanatomical microdissection. J Neurosci Methods. 2014 Sep 30; 235:76-82. PMID: 24992573.
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    9. Barger N, Hanson KL, Teffer K, Schenker-Ahmed NM, Semendeferi K. Evidence for evolutionary specialization in human limbic structures. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014; 8:277. PMID: 24904348; PMCID: PMC4033018.
    10. Teffer K, Buxhoeveden DP, Stimpson CD, Fobbs AJ, Schapiro SJ, Baze WB, McArthur MJ, Hopkins WD, Hof PR, Sherwood CC, Semendeferi K. Developmental changes in the spatial organization of neurons in the neocortex of humans and common chimpanzees. J Comp Neurol. 2013 Dec 15; 521(18):4249-59. PMID: 23839595; PMCID: PMC4041080.
    11. Hrvoj-Mihic B, Bienvenu T, Stefanacci L, Muotri AR, Semendeferi K. Evolution, development, and plasticity of the human brain: from molecules to bones. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013 Oct 30; 7:707. PMID: 24194709; PMCID: PMC3812990.
    12. Hrvoj-Mihic B, Marchetto MC, Gage FH, Semendeferi K, Muotri AR. Novel tools, classic techniques: evolutionary studies using primate pluripotent stem cells. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Jun 15; 75(12):929-35. PMID: 24041506.
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    13. Bauernfeind AL, de Sousa AA, Avasthi T, Dobson SD, Raghanti MA, Lewandowski AH, Zilles K, Semendeferi K, Allman JM, Craig AD, Hof PR, Sherwood CC. A volumetric comparison of the insular cortex and its subregions in primates. J Hum Evol. 2013 Apr; 64(4):263-79. PMID: 23466178; PMCID: PMC3756831.
    14. Barger N, Stefanacci L, Schumann CM, Sherwood CC, Annese J, Allman JM, Buckwalter JA, Hof PR, Semendeferi K. Neuronal populations in the basolateral nuclei of the amygdala are differentially increased in humans compared with apes: a stereological study. J Comp Neurol. 2012 Sep 01; 520(13):3035-54. PMID: 22473387; PMCID: PMC4904735.
    15. Bianchi S, Stimpson CD, Bauernfeind AL, Schapiro SJ, Baze WB, McArthur MJ, Bronson E, Hopkins WD, Semendeferi K, Jacobs B, Hof PR, Sherwood CC. Dendritic morphology of pyramidal neurons in the chimpanzee neocortex: regional specializations and comparison to humans. Cereb Cortex. 2013 Oct; 23(10):2429-36. PMID: 22875862; PMCID: PMC3767963.
    16. Morgan JT, Chana G, Abramson I, Semendeferi K, Courchesne E, Everall IP. Abnormal microglial-neuronal spatial organization in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in autism. Brain Res. 2012 May 25; 1456:72-81. PMID: 22516109.
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    17. Teffer K, Semendeferi K. Human prefrontal cortex: evolution, development, and pathology. Prog Brain Res. 2012; 195:191-218. PMID: 22230628.
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    18. Courchesne E, Mouton PR, Calhoun ME, Semendeferi K, Ahrens-Barbeau C, Hallet MJ, Barnes CC, Pierce K. Neuron number and size in prefrontal cortex of children with autism. JAMA. 2011 Nov 09; 306(18):2001-10. PMID: 22068992.
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    19. Allman JM, Tetreault NA, Hakeem AY, Manaye KF, Semendeferi K, Erwin JM, Park S, Goubert V, Hof PR. The von Economo neurons in the frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortex. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Apr; 1225:59-71. PMID: 21534993; PMCID: PMC3140770.
    20. Semendeferi K, Teffer K, Buxhoeveden DP, Park MS, Bludau S, Amunts K, Travis K, Buckwalter J. Spatial organization of neurons in the frontal pole sets humans apart from great apes. Cereb Cortex. 2011 Jul; 21(7):1485-97. PMID: 21098620.
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    21. Morgan JT, Chana G, Pardo CA, Achim C, Semendeferi K, Buckwalter J, Courchesne E, Everall IP. Microglial activation and increased microglial density observed in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in autism. Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Aug 15; 68(4):368-76. PMID: 20674603.
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    22. Allman JM, Tetreault NA, Hakeem AY, Manaye KF, Semendeferi K, Erwin JM, Park S, Goubert V, Hof PR. The von Economo neurons in frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortex in great apes and humans. Brain Struct Funct. 2010 Jun; 214(5-6):495-517. PMID: 20512377.
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    23. Carlo CN, Stefanacci L, Semendeferi K, Stevens CF. Comparative analyses of the neuron numbers and volumes of the amygdaloid complex in old and new world primates. J Comp Neurol. 2010 Apr 15; 518(8):1176-98. PMID: 20148438.
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    24. Schenker NM, Buxhoeveden DP, Blackmon WL, Amunts K, Zilles K, Semendeferi K. A comparative quantitative analysis of cytoarchitecture and minicolumnar organization in Broca's area in humans and great apes. J Comp Neurol. 2008 Sep 01; 510(1):117-28. PMID: 18612968.
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    25. Barger N, Stefanacci L, Semendeferi K. A comparative volumetric analysis of the amygdaloid complex and basolateral division in the human and ape brain. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2007 Nov; 134(3):392-403. PMID: 17661399.
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    26. Kennedy DP, Semendeferi K, Courchesne E. No reduction of spindle neuron number in frontoinsular cortex in autism. Brain Cogn. 2007 Jul; 64(2):124-9. PMID: 17353073.
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    27. Park MS, Nguyen AD, Aryan HE, U HS, Levy ML, Semendeferi K. Evolution of the human brain: changing brain size and the fossil record. Neurosurgery. 2007 Mar; 60(3):555-62; discussion 562. PMID: 17327801.
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    28. Buxhoeveden DP, Semendeferi K, Buckwalter J, Schenker N, Switzer R, Courchesne E. Reduced minicolumns in the frontal cortex of patients with autism. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol. 2006 Oct; 32(5):483-91. PMID: 16972882.
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    29. Schenker NM, Desgouttes AM, Semendeferi K. Neural connectivity and cortical substrates of cognition in hominoids. J Hum Evol. 2005 Nov; 49(5):547-69. PMID: 16076478.
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    30. Sherwood CC, Holloway RL, Semendeferi K, Hof PR. Is prefrontal white matter enlargement a human evolutionary specialization? Nat Neurosci. 2005 May; 8(5):537-8; author reply 538. PMID: 15856051.
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    31. Sherwood CC, Hof PR, Holloway RL, Semendeferi K, Gannon PJ, Frahm HD, Zilles K. Evolution of the brainstem orofacial motor system in primates: a comparative study of trigeminal, facial, and hypoglossal nuclei. J Hum Evol. 2005 Jan; 48(1):45-84. PMID: 15656936.
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    32. Sherwood CC, Holloway RL, Gannon PJ, Semendeferi K, Erwin JM, Zilles K, Hof PR. Neuroanatomical basis of facial expression in monkeys, apes, and humans. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 Dec; 1000:99-103. PMID: 14766625.
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    33. Semendeferi K, Lu A, Schenker N, Damasio H. Humans and great apes share a large frontal cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2002 Mar; 5(3):272-6. PMID: 11850633.
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    34. Semendeferi K, Armstrong E, Schleicher A, Zilles K, Van Hoesen GW. Prefrontal cortex in humans and apes: a comparative study of area 10. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2001 Mar; 114(3):224-41. PMID: 11241188.
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    35. Semendeferi K, Damasio H. The brain and its main anatomical subdivisions in living hominoids using magnetic resonance imaging. J Hum Evol. 2000 Feb; 38(2):317-32. PMID: 10656781.
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    36. Varki A, Wills C, Perlmutter D, Woodruff D, Gage F, Moore J, Semendeferi K, Bernirschke K, Katzman R, Doolittle R, Bullock T. Great Ape Phenome Project? Science. 1998 Oct 09; 282(5387):239-40. PMID: 9841385.
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    37. Semendeferi K, Armstrong E, Schleicher A, Zilles K, Van Hoesen GW. Limbic frontal cortex in hominoids: a comparative study of area 13. Am J Phys Anthropol. 1998 Jun; 106(2):129-55. PMID: 9637180.
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    38. Semendeferi K, Damasio H, Frank R, Van Hoesen GW. The evolution of the frontal lobes: a volumetric analysis based on three-dimensional reconstructions of magnetic resonance scans of human and ape brains. J Hum Evol. 1997 Apr; 32(4):375-88. PMID: 9085187.
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