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I am a psychoneuroimmunologist by training, having earning my PhD from the Psychology & Neuroscience PhD program at Duke University while working in Dr. Staci Bilbo's Lab. Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of how the nervous and immune systems interact, often in the context of mental health. I am particularly interested in how early-life experiences can "program" neonates for risk or resilience to mental disorders later in life. In 2015, I started my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Irvine, working in the lab of Dr. Tallie Z. Baram in the Departments of Pediatrics and Anatomy/Neurobiology. I am studying the role of microglia, the immune cells of the brain, in sculpting stress-sensitive neural circuitry following early-life stress during critical periods of development, as well as in the cognitive deficits and emotional vulnerabilities we observe in adulthood. 

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University of California-Irvine
B180 Med Sci I
Irvine, CA 92697-4475
(949) 824-3307
Twitter: @JessicaLBolton