Flora Maria Vaccarino MD

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Neurobiology

Departments & Organizations

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramStem Cell Center, Yale: Stem Cell GeneticsNeurobiology: Kavli Institute for NeuroscienceChild Study Center: Tourette’s Syndrome & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders; Family, Genetic and Molecular Research; NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program; Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training

Research Interests

Neural stem cells; Cerebral cortex; Neuronal progenitors; Tyrosine kinase growth factors; Excitatory neurons; GABAergic neurons; Postmortem human brain; Induced pluripotent stem cells; Hypoxia more...


  • M.D., Padua University Medical University, 1979

Selected Publications

  • Hypoxia-induced developmental delays of inhibitory interneurons are reversed by environmental enrichment in the postnatal mouse forebrain. M Komitova, D Xenos, N Salmaso, KM Tran, T Brand, ML Schwartz, L Ment, FM Vaccarino (2013). J Neurosci 33: 13375-87.
  • Functional genomic screen of human stem cell differentiation reveals pathways involved in neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration. Y Zhang, VP Schulz, BD Reed, Z Wang, X Pan, J Mariani, G Euskirchen, MP Snyder, FM Vaccarino, N Ivanova, SM Weissman, AM Szekely (2013). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110: 12361-6.
  • Cortical gyrification induced by fibroblast growth factor 2 in the mouse brain. BG Rash, S Tomasi, HD Lim, CY Suh, FM Vaccarino (2013). J Neurosci 33: 10802-14.



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