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Jonathan B Levitt

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Jonathan B Levitt


85 St Nicholas Terrace

New York , NY 10031
Office Phone: (212) 650-8539


  1. B.A. Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania, 1984
  2. Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, New York University, 1990
  3. Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. Neurobiology, Anatomy, and Cell Science,
  4. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA, USA. 1990-1992
  5. Senior Research Fellow, Dept. Visual Science, Institute of Ophthalmology,
  6. University College London, UK. 1992-1998


Jonathan B. Levitt is a neurobiologist who studies the neural basis of visual perception, and the organization and development of mammalian cerebral cortex using electrophysiological and neuroanatomical techniques.

Representative publications:

Khalil R, Saint Louis MRJ, Alsuwaidi S, Levitt JB. 2020. Visual corticocortical inputs to ferret area 18. Front. Neuroanat. 14:581478. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2020.581478

Khalil R, Contreras-Ramirez V, Levitt JB. 2018. Postnatal refinement of interareal feedforward projections in ferret visual cortex. Brain Struct Funct. 223(5):2303-2322.

Khalil R, Levitt JB. 2017. Use of synaptic zinc histochemistry to reveal different regions and laminae in the developing and adult brain. J Vis Exp. 2017 Oct 29;(128).

Khalil R, Levitt JB. 2014. Developmental remodeling of corticocortical feedback circuits in ferret visual cortex. J Comp Neurol. 522(14):3208-28.

Khalil R, Levitt JB. 2013. Zinc histochemistry reveals circuits refinement and distinguishes visual areas in the developing ferret cerebral cortex. Brain Struct Funct 218(5):1293-306.

Marmolejo N, Paez J, Levitt JB, Jones LB. 2012. Early postnatal lesion of the medial dorsal nucleus leads to loss of dendrites and spines in adult prefrontal cortex. Dev Neurosci 34(6):463-76.

Cheong SK, Tailby C, Martin PR, Levitt JB, Solomon SG. 2011. Slow intrinsic rhythm in the koniocellular visual pathway. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 108(35):14659-63.

Levitt JB. 2010. "Receptive fields", In Encyclopedia of Perception (Goldstein EB ed., Sage Publications), Thousand Oaks, CA.

Shushruth S, Ichida JM, Levitt JB, and Angelucci A. 2009. Comparison of spatial summation properties of neurons in macaque V1 and V2. J Neurophysiology 102: 2069-2083.

Jeffery G, Levitt JB, Cooper H. 2008. Segregated hemispheric pathways through the optic chiasm distinguish primates from rodents. Neuroscience, 157: 637-643.

Xiao J, Levitt JB, & Buffenstein R. 2006. The use of a novel and simple method of revealing neural fibers to show the regression of the lateral geniculate nucleus in the naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber). Brain Res 1077: 81-89.

Cantone G, Xiao J, & Levitt JB. 2006. Retinotopic organization of ferret suprasylvian cortex. Vis Neurosci 23: 61-77.Xiao J, Levitt JB, & Buffenstein R. 2006. A stereotaxic atlas of the brain of the naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber). Neuroscience 141:1415-1435.

Xiao J & Levitt JB. 2005. A new chamber method for mounting tissue sections. J Neurosci Meths 144: 235-240.

Cantone G, Xiao J, McFarlane N, & Levitt JB. 2005. Feedback connections to ferret striate cortex: direct evidence for visuotopic convergence of feedback inputs. J Comp Neurol 487: 312-331.

Angelucci A, Levitt JB, & Lund JS. 2002. Anatomical origins of the classical receptive field and modulatory surround field of single neurons in macaque visual cortical area V1. Prog Brain Res 136: 373-388.

Levitt JB & Lund JS. 2002. Intrinsic connections in mammalian cerebral cortex. In Cortical areas: unity and diversity (eds. A Schuez & R Miller). Taylor and Francis, London UK.

Levitt JB & Lund JS. 2002. The spatial extent over which neurons in macaque striate cortex pool visual signals. Vis Neurosci 19: 439-452.

Angelucci A, Levitt JB, Walton EJS, Hupé J-M, Bullier J, & Lund JS. 2002. Circuits for local and global signal integration in visual cortex. J Neurosci 22: 8633-8646.

Levitt JB, Schumer RA, Sherman SM, Spear PD, & Movshon JA. 2001. Visual response properties of neurons in the lateral geniculate nucleus of normally-reared and visually-deprived macaque monkeys. J Neurophysiol 85: 2111-2129.

Levitt JB. 2001. Neurobiology: function following form. Science 292: 232-233.

Lab personnel
BS/MS student: Anjelique Sawh
Undergraduate students: Rose Mohona, Donia Shehab, Yuk Man Tang