Darlene Melchitzky
Laboratory Director, Research Associate
Zurn 101


M.S., Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

B.A., Chemistry, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA

Courses Taught:

  • BIO 450 Neurobiology
  • BIO 466 Senior Thesis

Current Research:

Ms. Melchitzky’s current research focuses on the connections of the mediodorsal thalamic nucleus, including connections with subcortical structures such as the hypothalamus, basal forebrain and raphe nuclei as well as connections with the medial temporal, insular, retrosplenial and parietal cortices.  Future projects may include neuroanatomical characterization of neurons in the prefrontal cortex that project to parietal cortex, as well as the mapping and description of distinct subpopulations of neurons in the macaque hypothalamus and brainstem.  Recent publications include two book chapters, Functional Neuroanatomy (in Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 10e, in press) and Postnatal development of neural circuits in the primate prefrontal cortex (In Stuss and Knight’s Principles of Frontal Lobe Function).