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Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D.

Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Neurobiology Research

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“My lab has always been interested in the rules that guide how the brain is constructed, and how, when those rules are broken, people develop autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and other behavioral disorders.”

Understanding how the brain gets built

How does brain development connect to behavior and disability? 

The LaMantia Lab’s work focuses on how neural circuits in the brain develop for distinct human behaviors. In addition, his lab studies how neural stem cells develop into specific cell types in the embryonic as well as adult nervous system. His work has illuminated the earliest causes of multiple profound developmental disorders in children, including research into a complex disorder of brain, heart, and facial developmental disabilities.

LaMantia has explored how nerve fibers called axons develop to connect the two hemispheres of the cerebral cortex, creating new methods to observe neural circuits in living systems in the process. He also helped develop some of the earliest techniques for imaging living nerve cells as they make their connections in the developing brain over time. 

The laboratory addresses these issues via genetic, molecular and cell biological analyses as well as assessments of neural circuit function and related behaviors. One essential aspect Dr. LaMantia's work integrates genetic and cellular mechanisms underlying neural development with those for cardiovascular and craniofacial development—the coordinated construction of brains, hearts, and faces.

LaMantia's goal is to use insights into basic development and genetics to address the causes and help develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for the broad range of developmental disorders that compromise the brain as well as other organ systems. These disorders result in a lifetime of health challenges for the affected infants and children, as well as for their families and caregivers.

  • Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
  • Director, Center for Neurobiology Research
  • Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science
  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics, VTC School of Medicine

Yitsege G, Stokes BA, Sabatino JA, et al. Variations in maternal vitamin A intake modifies phenotypes in a mouse model of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 20]. Birth Defects Res. 2020;10.1002/bdr2.1709. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1709

Maynard TM, Horvath A, Bernot JP, et al. Transcriptional dysregulation in developing trigeminal sensory neurons in the LgDel mouse model of DiGeorge 22q11.2 deletion syndromeHum Mol Genet. 2020;29(9):1580. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddaa067

Maynard TM, Zohn IE, Moody SA, LaMantia AS. Suckling, Feeding, and Swallowing: Behaviors, Circuits, and Targets for Neurodevelopmental Pathology [published online ahead of print, 2020 Feb 26]. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2020;10.1146/annurev-neuro-100419-100636. doi:10.1146/annurev-neuro-100419-100636


  • George Washington University School of Medicine
    Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • GW Institute for Biomedical Science PhD. Program in Neuroscience
  • George Washington University School of Medicine
    Professor, Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Washington University: Postdoctoral fellowship
  • Yale University: Ph.D., Neuroscience
  • University of Chicago: B.A., Biology
  • Distinguished Research Award, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2015
  • Finalist, NIH Pioneer Award Competition, May 2012 (1/23 finalists from 500+ applicants)
  • Reynolds Faculty Research Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007-2008.
  • Nicholson Investigator, National Alliance for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders: 2005-2006
  • Wodecroft Investigator, National Alliance for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders: 2000-2001
  • Grass Foundation Traveling Lecture, Medical College of Georgia, January 2000
  • C.J. Herrick Young Investigator Award, American Association of Anatomists, 1994
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1992 – 1994
  • National Down Syndrome Society Science Scholar Award, 1991 – 1993


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