George Vidal


Assistant Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2016
Contact Info

Research Description

Dr. George Vidal is a developmental neurobiologist studying how brain circuits wire up in the cerebral cortex. Dysfunctional development of the cerebral cortex is associated with many brain disorders, including autism. Dr. Vidal's overall research goal is to understand how “nature” (genetics) and “nurture” (neural activity) work to help the cerebral cortex develop normally. Together with his JMU undergraduate mentees, Dr. Vidal's lab uses cutting-edge neuroscience techniques to understand the roles of autism genetic risk factors as cerebral cortical circuits wire up.

  • Developmental Neurobiology (BIO 448/548)
  • Understanding Techniques in Neuroscience (BIO 426/526)
  • Human Anatomy (BIO 290)
  • PhD in Neurosciences, 2016, Stanford University
  • AB in Neurobiology, 2009, Harvard University
Select Publications
  • Holley ZL*, Bland KM*, Casey ZO*, Handwerk CJ*, Vidal GS. Cross-Regional Gradient of Dendritic Morphology in Isochronically-Sourced Mouse Supragranular Pyramidal Neurons. Front Neuroanat 12:103. DOI: 10.3389/fnana.2018.00103.
  • Bland KM*, Casey ZO*, Handwerk CJ*, Holley ZL*, Vidal GS (2017). Inducing Cre-lox Recombination in Mouse Cerebral Cortex Through In Utero Electroporation. J Vis Exp (129):e56675. DOI: 10.3791/56675.
  • Kim T, Vidal GS, Djurisic M, William CM, Birnbaum ME, Garcia KC, Hyman BT, Shatz CJ (2013). Human LilrB2 is a beta-amyloid receptor and its murine homolog PirB regulates synaptic plasticity in an Alzheimer’s model. Science 341(6152):1399-404. PMID:24052308. DOI: 10.1126/science.1242077.

*undergraduate student author

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