Kally O’Reilly Sparks, PhD

Kally O’Reilly Sparks

Kally O’Reilly Sparks, PhD

Research Scientist
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology (in Psychiatry)

Kally O’Reilly Sparks, PhD, has joined the Veenstra-VanderWeele Lab as a research scientist and an Assistant Professor at CUMC. Dr. O’Reilly Sparks uses rodent models to understand typical and atypical neurodevelopment, with the idea that a single insult can alter brain-wide function at various neurobiological levels. Since earning her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, Dr. O’Reilly Sparks has focused her studies on the systems underlying learning and memory, the hippocampal-parahippocampal network. Her work involves investigation of neuroanatomical and molecular development of the hippocampus as well as examining the structure and function of the adult hippocampus after abnormal development. These studies have implications for mental illnesses of neurodevelopmental origin, such as autism and schizophrenia. She has ongoing collaborations at the Norwegian Institute for Science and Technology and at New York University where she conducted her postdoctoral studies.