Neil G. Harris, PhD

Neil G. Harris, PhD 

Hospital Affiliation
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Department of Neurosurgery
PO Box 956901
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6901

Contact: ( 310) 206-5691


  • (1985 -88) B.Sc. Biology (Hons) Degree , University of Portsmouth, UK  Specialist subjects: Neurobiology; Cellular Developmental Biology
  • (1988 -91) Ph.D. Physiology, Department of Physiology, King's College London, University of London, UK


Dr. Neil Harris has worked within the fields of hydrocephalus, stroke and traumatic brain injury. The major theme of his current research at UCLA is understanding the potential for plasticity and recovery of function after brain trauma utilizing both light microscopy cell biology techniques as well as in vivo neuroimaging methodologies.


Neil Harris Laboratory


  • The Royal Society for Research into Hydrocephalus & Spinal Bifida Travel Award- 1993
  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism Summer school attendee and travel award, 1998, The International House of Japan, Tokyo.
  • University of London Graduate School Research Award- 1997 & 1998
  • Brain99 Travel Award -1999
  • Special Trustees St Thomas’ Hospital, London Travel Award, 1997
  • Harold Bridges Fellowship Recipient 1995-1998
  • Guarantors of Brain, Travel award 1998, 2003
  • The Merck Sharp & Dohme Travel Award, 2001
  • The Welcome Trust Travel Award 1992,1997
  • The Royal Society Travel Award, 1998, 2000, 2003

PUBLICATIONS (recent articles)

  1. Harris NG, Chen SF, Pickard J. (2013) Cortical Reorganisation after Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury: A Functional Autoradiography Study. J Neurotrauma. 30(13):1137-46
  2. Harris NG, Nogueira M, Verley D, Sutton RL. (2013) Chondroitinase enhances cortical map plasticity and increases functionally active sprouting axons after brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 30(14):1257-69
  3. Moro N, Ghavim S, Harris NG, Hovda DA, Sutton RL. (2013) Glucose administration after traumatic brain injury improves cerebral metabolism and reduces secondary neuronal injury. Brain Res. 2013 16;1535:124-36
  4. Bartnik-Olson BL, Harris NG, Shijo K, Sutton RL. (2013) Insights into the metabolic response to traumatic brain injury as revealed by 13C NMR spectroscopy. Front Neuroenergetics. 4:5-8
  5. Thomsen G.M., Le Belle J.E., Harnisch J.A., Hovda DA, Sofroniew M.V., Kornblum H.I., Harris N.G. (2014) Traumatic brain injury reveals novel cell lineage relationships within the subventricular zone. Stem Cell Res 13(1):48-60
  6. Shijo k., Ghavim S., Harris N.G., Hovda D.A., Sutton R.L. Glucose administration after traumatic brain injury exerts some benefits and no adverse effects. on behavioral and histological outcomes. Brain Research (2015) 1614:94-104.
  7. Harris N.G., Verley D.R., Gutman, B.A., Thompson P.M., Yeh H.J. Brown J.A. (2016) Disconnection and hyper-connectivity underlie reorganization after experiment TBI: a rodent functional connectomic analysis. Exp. Neurol. 277:124-138
  8. Harris N.G., Verley D.R., Gutman, B.A., Thompson P.M., Yeh H.J. Brown J.A. (2016) Bi-directional changes in fractional anisotropy after experiment TBI: Disorganization and reorganization? Neuroimage 133:129-43 doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.012
  9. Moro N, Ghavim SS, Harris NG, Hovda DA, Sutton RL. Pyruvate treatment attenuates cerebral metabolic depression and neuronal loss after experimental traumatic brain injury. Brain Res. 2016 Jul 1;1642:270-7. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2016.04.005.
  10. Brown RJ, Jun BJ, Cushman JD, Nguyen C, Beighley AH, Blanchard J, Iwamoto K, Schaue D, Harris NG, Jentsch JD, Bluml S, McBride WH. Changes in Imaging and Cognition in Juvenile Rats After Whole-Brain Irradiation.

            Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2016 Oct 1;96(2):470-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2016.06.013.

  1. Molet J, Maras PM, Kinney-Lang E, Harris NG, Rashid F, Ivy AS, Solodkin A, Obenaus A, Baram TZ. MRI uncovers disrupted hippocampal microstructure that underlies memory impairments after early-life adversity. Hippocampus. 2016 Dec;26(12):1618-1632. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22661.

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