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EDUCATION

Dr. Nicole A. Tetreault is a neuroscientist who specializes in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. She received the following degrees:

 

  • Ph.D. in Biology, California Institute of Technology

  • Master’s course work in Physiological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Bachelor’s in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California, Davis

 

ACADEMIC ARTICLES 

  • NA Tetreault, JL Haase, R Karpinski. (2018) The neuroscience of the gifted brain and behavior                   (Manuscript in preparation)

  • RI Karpinski, AM Kinase Kolb, NA Tetreault, TB Borowski. (2018) High intelligence: A risk factor for psychological and physiological overexcitabilities, Intelligence, Volume 66, 2018.

  • NA Tetreault. (2013) Microglia in the cerebral and cerebellar cortices in individuals with autism. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. 

  • NA Tetreault, AY Hakeem, S Jiang, BA Williams, E Allman, BJ Wold, and JM Allman. (2012) Microglia in the cerebral cortex in autism. J Autism Dev Disord. Mar 31.

  • JM. Allman, NA Tetreault, AY Hakeem, KF Manaye, K Semendeferi, JM Erwin, S Park, V Goubert, and PR Hof. (2011) The von Economo neurons in the frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortex. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 25:59-71.

  • CD Stimpson, NA Tetreault NA, JM Allman, B Jacobs, C Butti, PR Hof, CC Sherwood. (2010) Biochemical Specificity of von Economo Neurons in Hominoids. Am J Hum Biol. 23:22-28.

  • JM Allman, NA Tetreault, AY Hakeem, KF Manaye, K Semendeferi, JM Erwin, S Park, V Goubert, and PR Hof (2010) The von Economo neurons in frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortex in great apes and humans.              Brain Struct Funct. 214:495–517

  • SM Fleming, NA Tetreault, CK Mulligan, CB Hutson, E Masliah and MF Chesselet. (2008) Olfactory deficits in mice overexpressing human wildtype a-synuclein. European Journal of Neuroscience. 28(2):247–56.

  • PO Fernagut, CB Hutson, SM Fleming, NA Tetreault, J Salcedo, E Masliah, and MF Chesselet. (2007)         Behavioral and histopathological consequences of paraquat intoxication in mice:                                                       Effects of alpha-synuclein over-expression. Synapse. 61(12):991-1001.

  • JM Allman, KK Watson, NA Tetreault, and AY Hakeem. (2005) Intuition and autism:                                                       a possible role for Von Economo neurons. Trends Cogn. Sci. 9(8):367-373.

  • NA Tetreault, AY Hakeem, and JM Allman. (2004) The Distribution and Size of Retinal Ganglion Cells in Microcebus murinus, Cheirogaleus medius, and Tarsius syrichta: Implications for the Evolution of Sensory Systems in Primates. In C. Ross and R. Kay (Eds.) Anthropoid Origins: New Visions. Kluwer/Plenum, pp. 449-461.

 

 

SPECIALIZATION

Dr. Tetreault’s broad range of studies includes leading projects on inflammation in autism, neuroanatomical and genetic studies of autistic and control individuals, sensory impairments in Parkinson’s, neuronal degeneration in autism and Parkinson’s, brain evolution and neuroanatomy in primates, and retinal development in many species. In her most recent study at Caltech, Dr. Tetreault found an increase in microglial densities throughout the cerebral and cerebellar cortices in autistic individuals. She has also been part of a team involved in developing techniques for investigating gene expression in individual laser microdissected neurons. Most recently, she has focused her efforts on studying the gifted experience, which encompasses the brain and body connection.  

 

Dr. Tetreault has authored many peer-reviewed scientific papers on the topics of brain evolution, neuroanatomy, neuroinflammation, brain development and neuronal cell function.

Dr. Tetreault’s broad range of studies includes leading projects on:

  • Inflammation in autism

  • Neuroanatomical and genetic studies of autistic and control individuals

  • Sensory impairments in Parkinson’s

  • Neuronal degeneration in autism and Parkinson’s

  • Brain evolution and neuroanatomy in primates

  • Retinal development in many species

 

NEW RESEARCH

In her latest study at Caltech, Dr. Tetreault found an increase in microglial densities (inflammatory cells) throughout the brain in autistic individuals.  

She has authored many peer-reviewed scientific papers on the topics of brain evolution, neuroanatomy, neuroinflammation, brain development and neuronal cell function.

Dr. Tetreault's most recent investigations focus on the neurodiverse experience encompassing the latest neuroscience, behavior, and physiology research.