Dr. Staci Bilbo is the Director of Research for the Lurie Center for Autism at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. She received her Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 2003, and continued her training with a postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She directed the Developmental Neuroimmunology Laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience at Duke University from 2007-2016, until joining the faculty at HMS in 2016. She will return to Duke as the Haley Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience on July 1, 2019.
Marcy Kingsbury, Assistant Professor
I am interested in how maternal stressors and modifications of the perinatal environment alter neuroimmune interactions and how these alterations contribute to aberrant social behavior such as that observed in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am also interested in the microbiota-gut-brain axis, gut-brain-immune interactions and mechanisms that contribute to neurodevelopmental and neuroinflammatory diseases. Currently, I am examining the role of oxytocin at birth as a neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory molecule. I am based at Massachusetts General Hospital and work closely with the Lurie Center for Autism. Contact me here.
Caroline Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow
Broadly, I am interested in understanding the role of microglia in the organization and maintenance of neural circuits underlying social behavior. Currently, I am investigating the impact of maternal immune activation on the developmental trajectory of microglia and whether or not changes in microglial development may lead to alterations in social behavior. Contact me here.
Alexis Ceasrine, Postdoctoral Fellow
My primary interest lies in how sex differences contribute to early microglial cell development and how this impacts adult brain function. In particular, I want to explore how maternal diet and obesity influence male and female microglia trajectory and function. Contact me here.
Evan Bordt, Postdoctoral Fellow
I am interested in how sex differences in mitochondrial function and inheritance influence microglial reactivity, and how this impacts neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism (greater incidence in males than females). I am based at Massachusetts General Hospital and work closely with theLurie Center for Autism. Contact me here.
Carina Block, Graduate Student
I am interested in the role of microglia in developing neural circuits. I am investigating whether sex differences in the number of microglia in the developing brain may reflect sex differences in synapse number or refinement during critical windows. Contact me here.