Working to understand: underlying causes of intellectual disability (fragile x, down syndrome, autism) and related disorders, understanding the mechanisms of learning and memory, how they are disturbed in these syndromes and how stress contributes to the cognitive and behavioral disturbances in these disorders. These studies have lead to potential therapeutics strategies which we continue to investigate.




Julie Lauterborn, PhD

Full Researcher

University of California at Irvine

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

3119 Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility
(949) 824-8561

Key Research Area

Intellectual Disability (Fragile X, Down Syndrome), Autism, Stress, Learning and Memory Mechanisms

Professional Bio

  • Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the University of California at Irvine
    • NIMH Predoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral studies at University of California at Irvine focussing on gene regulation, neurotrophins, and drug-based therapies for neurological disorders
    • Epilepsy Foundation of America Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Full Researcher & Faculty Member, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • Member & Core co-director, Center for Autism Research and Translation
  • Society for Neuroscience Chapter Chair-UCI


Bachelor of Science in Biology & Minor in Psychology, University of California Irvine

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology/Neuroscience, University of California Irvine