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Kimberly Dougherty

Kimberly Dougherty, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • PhD in Neuroscience - Emory University (2006)
  • BS in Biochemistry and Psychology - Boston College (2000)

Kimberly Dougherty, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Research Overview


"Locomotor rhythm generation linked to the output of spinal Shox2 excitatory interneurons"
Dougherty KJ, Zagoraiou L, Satoh D, Rozani I, Doobar S, Arber S, Jessell TM, and Kiehn O
Neuron. 80(4):920-933 (2013)

"Optogenetic dissection reveals multiple rhythmogenic modules underlying locomotion"
Hägglund M, Dougherty KJ, Borgius, L, Itohara S, Iwasato T, and Kiehn O
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 110(28):11589-11594 (2013)

"Locomotion: Circuits and Physiology"
Kiehn O and Dougherty KJ
In Neuroscience in the 21st Century. Pfaff, D.W., Ed. Chapter 38, p.1209-1236 (2013)

"Identification of minimal neuronal networks involved in flexor-extensor alternation in the mammalian spinal cord"
Talpalar AE, Endo T, Löw P, Hägglund M, Dougherty KJ, Ryge J, Hnasko TS, and Kiehn O
Neuron. 71(6):1071-1084 (2011)

"Functional organization of V2a-related locomotor circuits in the rodent spinal cord"
Dougherty KJ and Kiehn O
Ann NY Acad Sci. 1198:85-93 (2010)

"Probing spinal circuits controlling walking in mammals"
Kiehn O, Dougherty KJ, Hägglund M, Borgius L, Talpalar A, Restrepo CE
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 396(1):11-18 (2010)

"Locomotor circuits in the developing rodent spinal cord"
Kiehn O and Dougherty KJ
In Handbook of Brain Microcircuits. Shepherd, G. and Grillner S, Ed. Chapter 37 p.363-370 (2010)

Hägglund M, Borgius L, Dougherty KJ, and Kiehn O (2010) Activation of groups of excitatory cells in the mammalian hindbrain or spinal cord evokes locomotion. Nat Neurosci. 13(2):246-252.

Dougherty KJ and Kiehn O (2010) Firing and cellular properties of V2a interneurons in the rodent spinal cord. J Neurosci. 30(1):24-37.

Dougherty KJ, Sawchuk MA, and Hochman S (2009) Phenotypic diversity and expression of GABAergic inhibitory interneurons during postnatal development in lumbar spinal cord of glutamic acid decarboxylase 67-green fluorescent protein mice. Neuroscience. 163(3):909-19.

Dougherty KJ and Hochman S (2008) Spinal cord injury causes plasticity in a subpopulation of lamina I GABAergic interneurons. J Neurophysiol. 100(1):212-23.

Cui D, Dougherty KJ, Machacek DW, Sawchuk M, Hochman S, and Baro DJ (2006) Divergence between motoneurons: Gene expression profiling provides a molecular characterization of functionally discrete somatic and autonomic motoneurons. Physiol Genomics.  24:276-289.

Dougherty KJ, Sawchuk MA, and Hochman S (2005) Properties of mouse spinal lamina I GABAergic interneurons. J Neurophysiol. 94(5):3221-3227.

Dougherty KJ, Bannatyne BA, Jankowska E, Krutki P, and Maxwell DJ (2005) Membrane receptors involved in modulation of responses of spinal dorsal horn interneurons evoked by feline group II muscle afferents. J Neurosci. 25(3):584-593.

Contact Information

Research Office

Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215.991.8401
Fax: 215.843.9082