Kelli Baalman, PhD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-824-7704

Contact Information

Autism Center - Texas Children's Hospital
8080 North Stadium Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77054
United States

Research Associate, Autism Center

Texas Children's Hospital


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine PhD Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience 2014


I received my Ph.D. in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine in 2014. I was a member of the Rasband Lab and studied plasticity of the axon initial segment after traumatic brain injury and axon initial segment associated microglia. I joined the Kochel lab at the Autism Center in October 2017 as a research associate. I split my time with the Samaco Lab in the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and am involved in a number of research projects in both basic science and clinical research. My main interests are in translational studies using both animal models and humans with neurodevelopmental disorders and understanding factors that impact enrollment in clinical research studies. 

Selected Publications

Baalman, K. L., Cotton, R. J., Rasband, S. N., & Rasband, M. N. (2013). Blast Wave Exposure Impairs Memory and Decreases Axon Initial Segment Length. Journal of Neurotrauma 30(9), 741–751.

Baalman, K., Marin, M. A., Ho, T. S.-Y., Godoy, M., Cherian, L., Robertson, C., & Rasband, M. N. (2015). Axon Initial Segment-Associated Microglia. Journal of Neuroscience 35(5), 2283–2292.

Zollinger, Daniel R., Baalman, K. L., & Rasband, M. N. (2015). The Ins and Outs of Polarized Axonal Domains. Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology 31(1), 647–667.

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