Khalid Abdulla

Visiting Scholar


2014. The Ohio State University, B.S.




Khalid, an Abu Dhabi native, received his B.S. in Neuroscience from the Ohio State University. During the course of his undergraduate study and under the mentorship of Dr. Derick Lindquist, Khalid investigated the adverse effects of neonatal exposure to alcohol on the developing hippocampus using a rat model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. His work entailed delineating alcohol-induced changes in hippocampal synaptic and extrasynaptic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit composition, and the degree to which the change weakened hippocampal-dependent synaptic plasticity.

After graduating, Khalid joined the Desplan lab to further his knowledge in neurobiology. In addition to his work in forensics with the Abu Dhabi Police, Khalid is presently contributing to the research engagements of the Desplan lab postdoctoral associates at New York University Abu Dhabi. In particular, he spends most of his time profiling Drosophila melanogaster optic lobe neuronal types using immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, and single-cell genome sequencing.

Khalid plans to ultimately pursue a doctoral program in either neurobiology, or behavioral neuroscience. In addition to his keen interest in research, Khalid enjoys performing cello and providing dogs with basic canine obedience training.