Staff Profiles

Agnes L. Bodor, Ph.D.

Scientist III

Agnes L. Bodor joined the Allen Institute in 2013 with over 10 years of experience in laboratory research. She is currently working to reconstruct the mouse visual cortex as a part of the neural coding group. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Bodor was a scientist at the University of Washington where she used classical anatomical methods such as light and electron microscopy to examine the structure and connectivity of the songbird brain. Her current research interests include the use of cortical cell labels and electron microscopic serial sections to reconstruct the connectivity of the mouse visual cortex. This will help us to understand structure and connectivity in relation to function in the mammalian neocortex. Bodor received a baccalaureate degree in structural and functional neurobiology from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Semmelweis University in Budapest, where she studied the ultrastructure of inhibitory synaptic innervation of the mammalian thalamus.


Research Interests

Research Interests The large numbers of cortical neurons with diverse anatomical and physiological properties form millions of internal connections and also receive information from the outside world and transmit information to other areas of the central nervous system. My research group uses the mouse visual cortex as a representative animal model of the mammalian neocortex. To understand the principles of information transmission and processing in the mouse visual cortex we label functionally characterized cells and their synaptic partners, then we examine their connectivity together with all the other inputs they receive using large-scale three-dimensional reconstruction of the area at electron microscope level. Our result will help us to understand all the connections and circuits within the cortex at a level of a single synapse which later allow us to make a more accurate computational model of the mammalian neocortex, the area associated with the "higher functions" of our brain such as perception, generating motor command, and conscious thought.


  • Neuroanatomy
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Light and electron microscopy
  • Image analysis

 Research Programs

  • Neural coding

Selected Publications View Publications

Reconstruction of neocortex: Organelles, compartments, cells, circuits, and activity

March 17, 2022

Turner NL, Macrina T, Bae JA, Yang R, Wilson AM, Schneider-Mizell C, Lee K, Lu R, Wu J, Bodor AL, Bleckert AA, Brittain D, Froudarakis E, Dorkenwald S, Collman F, Kemnitz N, Ih D, Silversmith WM, Zung J, Zlateski A, Tartavull I, Yu SC, Popovych S, Mu S, Wong W, Jordan CS, Castro M, Buchanan J, Bumbarger DJ, Takeno M, Torres R, Mahalingam G, Elabbady L, Li Y, Cobos E, Zhou P, Suckow S, Becker L, Paninski L, Polleux F, Reimer J, Tolias AS, Reid RC, da Costa NM, Seung HS

Structure and function of axo-axonic inhibition

December 1, 2021

Schneider-Mizell CM, Bodor AL, Collman F, Brittain D, Bleckert A, Dorkenwald S, Turner NL, Macrina T, Lee K, Lu R, Wu J, Zhuang J, Nandi A, Hu B, Buchanan J, Takeno MM, Torres R, Mahalingam G, Bumbarger DJ, Li Y, Chartrand T, Kemnitz N, Silversmith WM, Ih D, Zung J, Zlateski A, Tartavull I, Popovych S, Wong W, Castro M, Jordan CS, Froudarakis E, Becker L, Suckow S, Reimer J, Tolias AS, Anastassiou CA, Seung HS, Reid RC, da Costa NM

The serine hydrolase ABHD6 controls the accumulation and efficacy of 2-AG at cannabinoid receptors

Nature Neuroscience
August 2010

Marrs WR, Blankman JL, Horne EA, Thomazeau A, Lin YH, Coy J, Bodor AL, Muccioli GG, Hu SS, Woodruff G, Fung S, Lafourcade M, Alexander JP, Long JZ, Li W, Xu C, Möller T, Mackie K, Manzoni OJ, Cravatt BF, Stella N

Millisecond timescale disinhibition mediates fast information transmission through an avian basal ganglia loop

Journal of Neuroscience
December 2009

Leblois A, Bodor AL, Person AL, Perkel DJ

Structural correlates of efficient GABAergic transmission in the basal ganglia-thalamus pathway

Journal of Neuroscience
March 2008

Bodor AL, Giber K, Rovó Z, Ulbert I, Acsády L

Heterogeneous output pathways link the anterior pretectal nucleus with the zona incerta and the thalamus in rat

Journal of Comparative Neurology
January 2008

Giber K, Slézia A, Bokor H, Bodor AL, Ludányi A, Katona I, Acsády L

Endocannabinoid signaling in rat somatosensory cortex: laminar differences and involvement of specific

Journal of Neuroscience
July 2005

Bodor AL, Katona I, Nyíri G, Mackie K, Ledent C, Hájos N, Freund TF