Dr. Katrina MacLeod, Ph.D.


Dr. MacLeod is currently a research professor (formally Associate Research Scientist) in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park, outside of Washington, D.C. After earning an undergraduate B.A. in Biology at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), she moved to do her graduate work under the sunny skies of Pasadena, CA, at the California Institute of Technology. This thesis work concerned the neural mechanisms of olfactory coding under the mentorship of Gilles Laurent. Interests in short-term synaptic plasticity led to a postdoctoral position at Brandeis University and finally to the University of Maryland with a transition to the study of the auditory system with Catherine Carr. She has been a summer instructor for the Neural Systems and Behavior course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and longs to return.

She now is PI of an NIH-funded group to study the synaptic and neural mechanisms of sound coding in the cochlear nucleus, with collaborations across the Departments of Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Hearing and Speech Sciences at UMCP and other hearing and neuroethology researchers across the country & internationally.