Dr. Haydar received his doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine working on brain development in the Trisomy 16 mouse model of Down syndrome with Dr. Bruce Krueger. He completed postdoctoral studies at Yale University with Dr. Pasko Rakic examining control of forebrain neural precursor development and then started his independent laboratory at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in 2002. Dr. Haydar joined the Anatomy & Neurobiology Department at BUSM in 2010 where he continued to use state-of-the-art molecular and surgical techniques to study mammalian brain development. In 2020, Dr. Haydar rejoined the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children's National as the Center Director. His research is funded by the NIH (NINDS and NICHD).
The Haydar Laboratory is focused on forebrain development and function. We use a wide range of molecular and cellular techniques to understand how the brain is formed and how cellular and molecular determinants influence cognition. We have particular interest in how brain development is modified in developmental disorders such as Down syndrome, epilepsy and autism. In collaborative studies, we use a variety of techniques, including gene expression profiling, in utero electroporation, patch clamp electrophysiology, induced pluripotent stem cells, laser scanning microscopy and cognitive behavioral testing to study this problem.