Michael B. Pritz, M.D, Ph.D.

Molecular Neuroscience Department
Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study


4400 University Drive, MS 2A1
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-993-9720
Fax:      703-993-4325


Developmental Evolutionary Neurobiology Laboratory

 My research investigates the development and evolution of vertebrate brains.   The present focus is on two areas: (1.) forebrain organization and development in a model vertebrate system and (2.) general principles that underlie the formation of brain nuclei.


Selected Recent Publications

Pritz MB.  Crocodilian forebrain:  Evolution and development.  Integr. Comp. Biol. in press.
Pritz MB.  Dorsal thalamic nuclei in Caiman crocodilus.  Neurosci. Lett. 581: 57-62, 2014.
Ju W, Wu J, Pritz MB, Khanna R.  Characterizing calcium influx via voltage- and ligand- gated calcium channels in embryonic Alligator neurons in culture.  Transl Neurosci. 4: 330-336, 2013.
Ruan YW, So KF, Pritz MB.  Calcium binding protein expression in the optic tectum of Alligator during development.  Dev Neurobiol. 73: 899-910, 2013.
Wilson SM, Zhu T, Khanna R, Pritz MB.  Quantitative RT-PCR analyses of five evolutionary conserved genes in Alligator brains during development.  Transl Neurosci. 2: 339-343, 2011.
Pritz MB.  Forebrain and midbrain fiber tract formation during early development in Alligator embryos.  Brain Res. 1313: 34-44, 2010.
Pritz MB.  Early diencephalon development in Alligator.  Brain Behav. Evol. 71: 15-31, 2008.