Barbara Clancy 2.16.16

Barbara Clancy, Ph.D.


LSC 151

(501) 450-3210


Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas, 1996.
Web Page:
Started at UCA in 2001


Courses Taught:

Biology For General Education

Principles of Biology I

Introduction to Neuroscience

Neurodevelopment and Pathology


Research Interests:

My students and I use an evolutionary-based statistical model to “translate” the timing of  neurodevelopmental research from laboratory animals to developing humans. This work forms the basis for an ongoing multi-institutional project centered on our student driven, interactive web site where brain developmental timing can be correlated across mammalian species ( We are interested in what application of the cross species translations reveal about humans, including anesthesia intervals, critical developmental windows, and maturation of the sensory/motor system. My students and I also use state-of-the-art neuroanatomical techniques to better understand a little-studied brain region we call the “persisting” subplate, whose cells are uniquely positioned to receive and transmit information in the mature cortex. By convention, these cells have been dismissed as “remnants,” however the UCA students are providing compelling evidence that these cells play a role in adult cortical function.

Research Websites:

Translating Neurodevelopmental Time
Across Mammalian Species:
Lab Research:

Selected Publications:

Workman, A.D., Charvet, C., Clancy, B., Darlington, R.B. and Finlay, B.L. Modeling transformations of neurodevelopmental sequences across mammalian species. Journal of Neuroscience 33 (17): 7368-7383, 2013.

Cahalane, D.J., Clancy B., Kingsbury, M.A., Graf, E., Sporns O. and Finlay B.L. Network Structure Implied by Initial Axon Outgrowth in Rodent Cortex: Empirical Measurement and Models PLoS One, 6 (1) :1- 16, 2011.

Clancy, B., DeFelipe, J., Espinosa, A., Fairen, A., Jinno, S., Rockland, K., Tamamaki, T., and Yan, Y. Cortical GABAergic neurons: stretching it. Front Neuroanat. 4 (7):1-18, 2010.

Nagarajan, R., Darlington, R.B., Finlay, B.L. and Clancy, B. ttime: an R package for translating the timing of brain development across mammalian species Neuroinformatics, 8:20:1-5, 2010.