Carlos Portera-Cailliau, M.D., Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Neurology
Member, Brain Research Institute
Neuroscience GPB Home Area

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Fax Number: (310) 206-9819Work Phone Number: (310) 206-2154 (310) 206-2359 (310) 206-4396
Office Address: RNRC710 Westwood PlazaLos Angeles, CA 90095UNITED STATES Reed Neurological Research CenterUNITED STATES


Dr. Portera-Cailliau was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He obtained a B.A. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology from U.C. San Diego in 1990. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and obtained an MD-PhD degree in 1997. His mentors were Drs. Donald Price and Lee Martin. After finishing a residency in Neurology at The Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston in 2001, Dr. Portera-Cailliau moved to Columbia University for a post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Rafael Yuste's laboratory. His second post-doc was with Dr. Karel Svoboda in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He joined the UCLA faculty in November 2004 and has joint appointments in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology. He is a member of UCLA's BRI and ACCESS.


Mostany R, JA Anstey, KL Crump, B Maco, G Knott and C Portera-Cailliau   Altered synaptic dynamics during normal brain aging The Journal of Neuroscience, 2013; 33(9): 4094-4104.
Gonçalves JT, JE Anstey, P Golshani, and C Portera-Cailliau   Circuit level defects in the developing neocortex of fragile X mice Nature Neuroscience, 2013; 16: 903-909.
Johnston David G, Denizet Marie, Mostany Ricardo, Portera-Cailliau Carlos   Chronic In Vivo Imaging Shows No Evidence of Dendritic Plasticity or Functional Remapping in the Contralesional Cortex after Stroke Cerebral cortex, 2012; 74(2): .
Rousso David L, Pearson Caroline Alayne, Gaber Zachary B, Miquelajauregui Amaya, Li Shanru, Portera-Cailliau Carlos, Morrisey Edward E, Novitch Bennett G   Foxp-mediated suppression of N-cadherin regulates neuroepithelial character and progenitor maintenance in the CNS Neuron, 2012; 74(2): 314-30.
Portera-Cailliau Carlos   Which comes first in fragile X syndrome, dendritic spine dysgenesis or defects in circuit plasticity? The Neuroscientist, 2012; 18(1): 28-44.
*Cheng Adrian, *Goncalves J Tiago, Golshani Peyman, Arisaka Katsushi, Portera-Cailliau Carlos   Simultaneous two-photon calcium imaging at different depths with spatiotemporal multiplexing Nature methods, 2011; .
Martin Seanna M, O'Brien Georgeann S, Portera-Cailliau Carlos, Sagasti Alvaro   Wallerian degeneration of zebrafish trigeminal axons in the skin is required for regeneration and developmental pruning Development, 2010; 137(23): 3985-94.
Mostany Ricardo, Chowdhury Tara G, Johnston David G, Portonovo Shiva A, Carmichael S Thomas, Portera-Cailliau Carlos   Local hemodynamics dictate long-term dendritic plasticity in peri-infarct cortex The Journal of Neuroscience, 2010; 30(42): 14116-26.
Cruz-Martín Alberto, Crespo Michelle, Portera-Cailliau Carlos   Delayed stabilization of dendritic spines in fragile X mice The Journal of Neuroscience , 2010; 30(23): 7793-803.
Chowdhury Tara G, Jimenez Jessica C, Bomar Jamee M, Cruz-Martin Alberto, Cantle Jeffrey P, Portera-Cailliau Carlos   Fate of cajal-retzius neurons in the postnatal mouse neocortex Frontiers in neuroanatomy, 2010; 4(23): 10.
Golshani Peyman, Gonçalves J Tiago, Khoshkhoo Sattar, Mostany Ricardo, Smirnakis Stelios, Portera-Cailliau Carlos   Internally mediated developmental desynchronization of neocortical network activity The Journal of Neuroscience, 2009; 29(35): 10890-9.
Holtmaat Anthony, Bonhoeffer Tobias, Chow David K, Chuckowree Jyoti, De Paola Vincenzo, Hofer Sonja B, Hübener Mark, Keck Tara, Knott Graham, Lee Wei-Chung A, Mostany Ricardo, Mrsic-Flogel Tom D, Nedivi Elly, Portera-Cailliau Carlos, Svoboda Karel, Trachtenberg Joshua T, Wilbrecht Linda   Long-term, high-resolution imaging in the mouse neocortex through a chronic cranial window Nature protocols, 2009; 4(8): 1128-44.
Mostany Ricardo, Portera-Cailliau Carlos   A craniotomy surgery procedure for chronic brain imaging Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE, 2008; 4(12): 1128-44.
Portera-Cailliau Carlos, Weimer Robby M, De Paola Vincenzo, Caroni Pico, Svoboda Karel   Diverse modes of axon elaboration in the developing neocortex PLoS Biology, 2005; 3(8): e272.