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Donald O'Malley

Associate Professor, Biology
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
420 Mugar Life Sciences
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • Ph.D., Physiology and Biophysics, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Research & Scholarship Interests

Cellular and systems neurobiology biological imaging, cognitive neurodynamics, neuroethology

Selected Publications

  • D. O’Malley, M. Orger, F. Engert, Neural Control and Modulation of Swimming Speed in the Larval Zebrafish, Neuron, 83(3), 2014, 692-707
  • L. Ricci, C.H. Summers, E.T. Larson, D.M. O’Malley, R.H. Melloni, Development of Aggressive Phenotypes: Interactions of Age, Experience, and Social Status, Animal Behaviour, 86(2), 2013,  245-252
  • R.E. Westphal, D.M. O’Malley, Fusion of Locomotor Maneuvers, and Improving Sensory Capabilities, Give Rise to the Flexible Homing Strikes of Juvenile Zebrafish, Front, Neural Circuits, 7(108), 2013, 1-18
  • N. Sankrithi, D. O’Malley, Activation of a Multisensory, Multifunctional Nucleus in the Zebrafish Midbrain During Diverse Locomotor Behaviors, Neuroscience, 166(3), 2010, 970-993
  • M. Kamali, L. Day, D. Brooks, X. Zhou, D. O’Malley, Automated Identification of Neurons in 3D Confocal Datasets from Zebrafish Brainstem, Journal of Microscopy, 233(1), 2009, 114-131
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Related News

March 22, 2016

23 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY17 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing over $600K dollars of investment in research.