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Galit Pelled, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science


Galit Pelled is an Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, and a research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Her research focuses on the way the brain reacts to injury. Currently, her team is engaged in research that examines the underlying neuronal mechanisms that influence brain reorganization in infants and adults.

Dr. Pelled earned her PhD in neuroscience and imaging from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience and imaging from the National Institute of Health in 2008. Dr. Pelled joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in November 2008. more


  • Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Departments / Divisions



  • B.Sc., Hebrew University - Jerusalem (Israel) (1998)
  • Ph.D., Hebrew University - Jerusalem (Israel) (2004)

Additional Training

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 2008, Neuroscience

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

  1. Li N, Yang Y, Glover D, Zhang J, Saraswati M, Robertson CL, Pelled G. "Evidence for impaired plasticity after traumatic brain injury in the developing brain." Journal of Neurotrauma. 2013 Sep 19. Epub ahead of print.
  2. Li N, van Zijl P, Thakor N & Pelled G. (2014) Study of the Spatial Correlation Between Neuronal Activity and BOLD fMRI Responses Evoked by Sensory and Channelrhodopsin-2 Stimulation in the Rat Somatosensory Cortex. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (PMID: 24443233)
  3. Han Y, Li N, Zeiler SR, Pelled G. "Peripheral nerve injury induces immediate increases in layer v neuronal activity." Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2013 Sep;27(7):664-72. doi: 10.1177/1545968313484811. Epub 2013 Apr 18.
  4. Airan RD, Li N, Gilad AA, Pelled G. "Genetic tools to manipulate MRI contrast." NMR in Biomedicine. 2013 Jul;26(7):803-9. doi: 10.1002/nbm.2907. Epub 2013 Jan 28.
  5. Li N, Downey J, Bar-Shir A, Gilad AA, Walczak P, Kim H, Joel SE, PekarJJ, Thakor NV & Pelled G. (2011) Optogenetic-guided cortical plasticity following nerve injury. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. PMID:21555573
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