Stephen Noctor, Ph.D.

Stephen C. Noctor, Ph.D.


  • Assistant Professor-in-Residence


Clinical Interests

Dr. Noctor studies development of cortical structures in the central nervous system. The cerebral cortex consists of billions of neurons and glia that are produced over a relatively short period of time during development. Dr. Noctor investigates factors that control proliferation of the precursor cells that produce cortical neurons and glia, and how cortical cells migrate over long distances to reach their appropriate position in the developing brain.




Ph.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, 1998

B.A., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1991

Select Recent Publications

Milosevic, A, Noctor, SC, Martlnez-Cerdefio, V, Kriegstein AR, and Goldman, JE. (2008). Progenitors from the postnatal forebrain subventricular zone differentiate into cerebellar-like interneurons and cerebellar-specific astrocytes upon transplantation. Mol Cell Neurosci; 39(3): 324-334. PMC2593080

Noctor SC, Martinez-Cerdefio V, Kriegstein AR. (2008). Neural stem and progenitor cells in cortical development. Novartis Found Symp; 288: 59-78.

Noctor SC, Martlnez-Cerdefio V, Kriegstein AR. (2008). Distinct behaviors of neural stem and progenitor cells underlie cortical neurogenesis. J Comp Neurol; 508: 28-44. PMC2635107

Noctor SC, Martinez-Cerdeno V, Kriegstein AR. (2007). The contribution of intermediate progenitor cells to cortical histogenesis. Archives in Neurology; 64(5):639-42.

Kriegstein, A.R., Noctor, SC, and Martfnez-Cerdeno, V. (2006). Patterns of neural stem and progenitor cell division may underlie evolutionary cortical expansion. Nature Reviews Neuroscience; 7(11):1-8.

Martinez-Cerdefio V, Noctor SC, Kriegstein AR. (2006). The role of abventricular mitoses in the evolutionary expansion of the cerebral cortex. Cereb Cortex; 16(S1):152-161.

Martlnez-Cerdefio, V., Noctor SC, and Kriegstein A.R. (2006). Estradiol Stimulates Progenitor Cell Division in the Ventricular and Subventricular Zones of the Embryonic Neocortex. Eur. J. Neurosci; 24(12):3475-88.

Noctor SC, Ivic L, Martinez-Cerdeno V, Kriegstein AR. (2005). The role of neurogenic astroglial cells in the developing and adult central nervous system. In: Kettenmann, H., and Ransom, B.R., eds. Neuroglia; Oxford: pp101-111.

Butt, SJ, Fuccillo M, Nery S, Noctor se, Kriegstein AR, Corbin JG, Fishell G. (2005). The temporal and spatial origins of cortical interneurons predict their physiological subtype. Neuron; 48(4):591-604.

Noctor SC, Martinez-Cerdefio V, Ivic L, Kriegstein AR. (2004). Cortical neurons arise in symmetric and asymmetric division zones and migrate through specific phases. Nature Neuroscience; 7:136-44.