Leila Allen

Leila Allen

Education and Training

• Ph.D., M.S., Neurobiology and Behavior, University of California, Irvine

• B.A., Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Dr. Allen is a behavioral neurobiologist who is interested in studying the neural mechanisms underlying memory, social behavior, and dementia using rodent models. She has developed novel behavioral paradigms to assess both sequence and recognition memory, which have been used to elucidate mechanisms of memory in Alzheimer's Disease and addiction models. She is also involved in experiments using high-density tetrode arrays to record neural activity in freely behaving animals to better understand neural networks implicated in sequence memory.

Select Publications

Recognition memory for social and non-social odors: differential effects of neurotoxic lesions to the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex. Feinberg LM, Allen TA, Ly D, Fortin NJ. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2012 Jan;97(1):7-16. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2011.08.008.

A neurotoxic regimen of methamphetamine impairs novelty recognition as measured by a social odor-based task. O'Dell SJ, Feinberg LM, Marshall JF. Behav Brain Res. 2011 Jan 1;216(1):396-401. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2010.08.022.

β-Amyloid impairs axonal BDNF retrograde trafficking. Poon WW, Blurton-Jones M, Tu CH, Feinberg LM, Chabrier MA, Harris JW, Jeon NL, Cotman CW. Neurobiol Aging. 2011 May;32(5):821-33. doi:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2009.05.012.

Alcohol-induced retrograde memory impairment in rats: prevention by caffeine. Spinetta MJ, Woodlee MT, Feinberg LM, Stroud C, Schallert K, Cormack LK, Schallert T. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2008 Dec;201(3):361-71. doi: 10.1007/s00213-008-1294-5.

Courses Taught

Neurobiology Laboratory

Introductory Biopsychology


Introduction to Psychology

Introductory Statistics

Data Analysis