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Kevin M. Wright, Ph.D. (he/him/his)

  • Associate Professor, Vollum Institute
  • Scientist, Vollum Institute
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • Molecular and Medical Genetics Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, School of Medicine


After earning his B.S. in Neuroscience from Allegheny College in 2001, Kevin Wright received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2006. He did his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. In 2013, Wright joined the Vollum Institute as an assistant scientist and was promoted to scientist in 2020.

The Wright Lab uses genetic, molecular, and biochemical approaches to identify the specific molecular pathways that allow genetically distinct subtypes of neurons to respond differentially to cues within the extracellular environment to form a functional neural circuit. The goal is to develop a better understanding of how axon guidance, laminar targeting, dendritic arborization and synaptogenesis occur throughout the developing nervous system, and how they are disrupted in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Education and training

    • B.S., 2001, Allegheny College
    • Ph.D., 2006, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Areas of interest

  • neurodevelopment
  • axon guidance
  • neuronal migration
  • synaptogenesis
  • neural circuitry



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