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Our laboratory seeks to understand the contribution of maternal mental illness to the development in psychiatric outcomes in the offspring.  We use an interdisciplinary approach to address the mechanisms of transgenerational transmission of psychiatric illness, including molecular, biochemical, and behavioral methods.  Questions we are intrigued by include:

  1. What is the effect of prenatal stress on the microbiome of the mother and her offspring?
  2. What is the behavioral consequence of exposure to prenatal stress?
  3. What is the effect of  prenatal stress on preterm birth?

Our recent findings demonstrating prenatal stress alters maternal and female offspring behavior and microbiome can be found in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.