A photo of Kenneth Campbell.

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


I have always been fascinated by neuroscience and brain development. Research advances over the past decade have uncovered important aspects of brain function as well as the specific neural circuits that control them. However, we’re still investigating how these circuits, especially those related to neuropsychiatric disease, are established and refined.

Since joining Cincinnati Children’s in 2001, I’ve studied the development of neural circuits in the mammalian forebrain, particularly those that comprise the basal ganglia. Degeneration of these brain circuits, which control voluntary movements, leads to most of the behavioral changes observed in Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. Interestingly, because these neural circuits are responsible for appropriate behavior, they are implicated in childhood neuropsychiatric disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

My colleagues and I hope to uncover the molecular genetic mechanisms that control the normal formation of basal ganglia circuits. By disrupting or augmenting these circuits' formation, we hope to learn how normal behaviors are altered. This knowledge will help us generate mouse models of certain behaviors that characterize childhood neuropsychiatric disorders, paving the way for the development of improved therapeutics.

Our research group has been instrumental in characterizing the embryonic neural progenitor sources of the different neuronal subtypes that comprise the basal ganglia and broader ventral telencephalic neuronal subtypes. We have also contributed significantly to the current understanding of how these progenitor domains are established in the developing brain.

In 2012, I was named the Robert and Sarah McLaurin Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery. In this role, I oversee and mentor the basic research activities of faculty in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery. I also serve on the editorial boards of two journals, the Development and Developmental Neuroscience.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Developmental Biology, Neurosurgery


MS: University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1990.

PhD: University of Lund, Lund, Sweden, 1994.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Skirball Institute, NYU Med Center, 1995-97.


Physical interactions between Gsx2 and Ascl1 balance progenitor expansion versus neurogenesis in the mouse lateral ganglionic eminence. Roychoudhury, K; Salomone, J; Qin, S; Cain, B; Adam, M; Pottert, SS; Nakafuku, M; Gebelein, B; Campbell, K. Development (Cambridge). 2020; 147:dev185348-dev185348.

Deletion of Glucocorticoid Receptors in Forebrain GABAergic Neurons Alters Acute Stress Responding and Passive Avoidance Behavior in Female Mice. Scheimann, JR; Mahbod, P; Morano, R; Frantz, L; Packard, B; Campbell, K; Herman, JP. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2018; 12.

Active intermixing of indirect and direct neurons builds the striatal mosaic. Tinterri, A; Menardy, F; Diana, MA; Lokmane, L; Keita, M; Coulpier, F; Lemoine, S; Mailhes, C; Mathieu, B; Merchan-Sala, P; et al. Nature Communications. 2018; 9.

DMRT5, DMRT3, and EMX2 Cooperatively Repress Gsx2 at the Pallium-Subpallium Boundary to Maintain Cortical Identity in Dorsal Telencephalic Progenitors. Desmaris, E; Keruzore, M; Saulnier, A; Ratie, L; Assimacopoulos, S; De Clercq, S; Nan, X; Roychoudhury, K; Qin, S; Kricha, S; et al. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 2018; 38:9105-9121.

Gsx transcription factors control neuronal versus glial specification in ventricular zone progenitors of the mouse lateral ganglionic eminence. Chapman, H; Riesenberg, A; Ehrman, LA; Kohli, V; Nardini, D; Nakafuku, M; Campbell, K; Waclaw, RR. Developmental Biology. 2018; 442:115-126.

Transcription Factors Sp8 and Sp9 Coordinately Regulate Olfactory Bulb Interneuron Development. Li, J; Wang, C; Zhang, Z; Wen, Y; An, L; Liang, Q; Xu, Z; Wei, S; Li, W; Guo, T; et al. Cerebral Cortex. 2018; 28:3278-3294.

Loss of Intercalated Cells (ITCs) in the Mouse Amygdala of Tshz1 Mutants Correlates with Fear, Depression, and Social Interaction Phenotypes. Kuerbitz, J; Arnett, M; Ehrman, S; Williams, MT; Vorhees, CV; Fisher, SE; Garratt, AN; Muglia, LJ; Waclaw, RR; Campbell, K. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 2018; 38:1160-1177.

A mutation in Ccdc39 causes neonatal hydrocephalus with abnormal motile cilia development in mice. Abdelhamed, Z; Vuong, SM; Hill, L; Shula, C; Timms, A; Beier, D; Campbell, K; Mangano, FT; Stottmann, RW; Goto, J. Development (Cambridge). 2018; 145:dev154500-dev154500.

Septal contributions to olfactory bulb interneuron diversity in the embryonic mouse telencephalon: role of the homeobox gene Gsx2. Qin, S; Ware, SM; Waclaw, RR; Campbell, K. Neural Development. 2017; 12.

Selective neuronal expression of the SoxE factor, Sox8, in direct pathway striatal projection neurons of the developing mouse brain. Merchan-Sala, P; Nardini, D; Waclaw, RR; Campbell, K. The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 2017; 525:2805-2819.