Short CV/Education and training

    Postdoctoral training in Neuroscience, Stanford University USA

  • 2003
    Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University College London UK

  • 1998
    B.Sc. (Hons) in Anatomical Sciences, University of Manchester UK

Selected publications

  • Blanco-Suarez E, Caldwell ALM, Allen NJ (2017) Role of astrocyte-synapse interactions in CNS disorders. Journal of Physiology (London), 595 (6), p1903-1916.

  • Allen NJ (2014) Astrocyte regulation of synaptic behavior. Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology, 30, p439-463.

  • Allen NJ, Bennett ML, Foo LC, Wang GX, Chakraborty C, Smith SJ, Barres BA (2012) Astrocyte glypican 4 & 6 promote formation of excitatory synapses via GluA1 AMPA receptors. Nature, 486, p410-414.

  • Foo LC, Allen NJ, Bushong EA, Ventura PB, Chung WS, Zhou L, Cahoy JD, Daneman R, Zong H, Ellisman MH, Barres BA (2011) Development of a method for the purification and culture of rodent astrocytes. Neuron, 71, p799-811.

  • Eroglu C, Allen NJ, Susman MW, O'Rourke NA, Park CY, Ozkan E, Chakraborty C, Mulinyawe SB, Annis DS, Huberman AD, Green EM, Lawler J, Dolmetsch R, Garcia KC, Smith SJ, Luo ZD, Rosenthal A, Mosher DF, Barres BA (2009) Gabapentin receptor alpha2delta-1 is a neuronal thrombospondin receptor responsible for excitatory CNS synaptogenesis. Cell, 139, p380-392.

  • Allen NJ and Barres BA (2009) Glia – more than just brain glue. Nature, 457, p675-677.

  • Stevens B, Allen NJ, Vazquez LE, Howell GR, Christopherson KS, Nouri N, Micheva KD, Mehalow AK, Huberman AD, Stafford B, Sher A, Litke AM, Lambris JD, Smith SJ, John SWM, Barres BA (2007) The Classical Complement Cascade Mediates CNS Synapse Elimination. Cell, 131, p1164-1178.

  • Allen NJ, Rossi DJ and Attwell D (2004) Sequential release of GABA by exocytosis and reversed uptake leads to neuronal swelling in simulated ischaemia of hippocampal slices. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, p3837-3849.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Society for Neuroscience

  • International Society for Neurochemistry


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