Dr. Michela Gallagher is chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University where she is also professor of psychology and neuroscience. Her research is broadly based in the area of learning and memory, and the neurobiology of aging. Dr. Gallagher also heads the Center for Neurogenetics and Behavior at Johns Hopkins, a resource for behavioral assessment of mice. She taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, where she directed the graduate training program in experimental and biological psychology, before her current position at Johns Hopkins. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.
Dr. Gallagher's professional activities also include clinical research for the National Institutes of Health, where she served on the oversight committee for Alzheimer's disease research in addition to studying the neuroscience, behavior, and sociology of aging for the National Institute on Aging. She has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific research papers and has extensive editorial experience with numerous professional journals in her field. Dr. Gallagher has been honored with two research scientist awards from the National Institute of Mental Health and a Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Freedom to Discover Award.