Tarik Haydar, PhD

Associate Professor, Anatomy and Neurobiology

Education/Training

University of Maryland School of Medicine, PhD

University of Massachusetts Amherst, BS

Research Interests

Dr. Haydar received his doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine working on brain development in the Trisomy 16 mouse model of Down syndrome with Dr. Bruce Krueger. He completed postdoctoral studies at Yale University with Dr. Pasko Rakic examining control of forebrain neural precursor development and then started his independent laboratory at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in 2002. Dr. Haydar joined the Anatomy & Neurobiology Department at BUSM in 2010 where he maintains a vibrant laboratory using state-of-the-art molecular and surgical techniques to study mammalian brain development. Using in utero electroporation, in vivo genetic fate mapping and cell ablation techniques, this project is focused on how the multiple populations of neural stem cells and progenitor cells in the embryonic brain are lineally related and how their combined output leads to proper forebrain development. In addition, the lab is focusing on brain development and function in trisomy mouse models of Down syndrome using cellular, molecular and behavioral techniques. Dr. Haydar’s research is funded by the NIH (NINDS and NICHD).

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Selected Publications

  1. Goodliffe JW, Olmos-Serrano JL, Aziz NM, Pennings JL, Guedj F, Bianchi DW, Haydar TF. Absence of Prenatal Forebrain Defects in the Dp(16)1Yey/+ Mouse Model of Down Syndrome. J Neurosci. 2016 Mar 9; 36(10):2926-44. PMID: 26961948.Read at: PubMed
  2. Olmos-Serrano JL, Kang HJ, Tyler WA, Silbereis JC, Cheng F, Zhu Y, Pletikos M, Jankovic-Rapan L, Cramer NP, Galdzicki Z, Goodliffe J, Peters A, Sethares C, Delalle I, Golden JA, Haydar TF, Sestan N. Down Syndrome Developmental Brain Transcriptome Reveals Defective Oligodendrocyte Differentiation and Myelination. Neuron. 2016 Mar 16; 89(6):1208-22. PMID: 26924435.Read at: PubMed
  3. Olmos-Serrano JL, Tyler WA, Cabral HJ, Haydar TF. Longitudinal measures of cognition in the Ts65Dn mouse: Refining windows and defining modalities for therapeutic intervention in Down syndrome. Exp Neurol. 2016 May; 279:40-56. PMID: 26854932.Read at: PubMed