Victoria Butler, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Victoria Butler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Kao Lab.

Victoria studied biological natural sciences at Downing College, Univ. of Cambridge, UK, specializing in neuroscience. She completed her PhD work in C. elegans cell biology with Dr. William Schafer at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge, where she investigated how the locomotion circuit coordinates movement and gait adaptation. She also spent time at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus imaging calcium from freely moving worms. She uses C. elegans and cultured cells to understand progranulin biology.


The Progranulin Cleavage Products, Granulins, Exacerbate TDP-43 Toxicity and Increase TDP-43 Levels.

The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

Salazar DA, Butler VJ, Argouarch AR, Hsu TY, Mason A, Nakamura A, McCurdy H, Cox D, Ng R, Pan G, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Kao AW

A consistent muscle activation strategy underlies crawling and swimming in Caenorhabditis elegans.

Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society

Butler VJ, Branicky R, Yemini E, Liewald JF, Gottschalk A, Kerr RA, Chklovskii DB, Schafer WR

Virtual finger boosts three-dimensional imaging and microsurgery as well as terabyte volume image visualization and analysis.

Nature communications

Peng H, Tang J, Xiao H, Bria A, Zhou J, Butler V, Zhou Z, Gonzalez-Bellido PT, Oh SW, Chen J, Mitra A, Tsien RW, Zeng H, Ascoli GA, Iannello G, Hawrylycz M, Myers E, Long F

Proprioceptive coupling within motor neurons drives C. elegans forward locomotion.


Wen Q, Po MD, Hulme E, Chen S, Liu X, Kwok SW, Gershow M, Leifer AM, Butler V, Fang-Yen C, Kawano T, Schafer WR, Whitesides G, Wyart M, Chklovskii DB, Zhen M, Samuel AD

D-cycloserine potentiates the reconsolidation of cocaine-associated memories.

Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)

Lee JL, Gardner RJ, Butler VJ, Everitt BJ

Intra-amygdala and systemic antagonism of NMDA receptors prevents the reconsolidation of drug-associated memory and impairs subsequently both novel and previously acquired drug-seeking behaviors.

The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

Milton AL, Lee JL, Butler VJ, Gardner R, Everitt BJ