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Frances Champagne: Epigenetic and Early Life Experiences

When: Wed., April 11, 7:30 p.m. 2012

Frances A. Champagne, Ph.D., completed graduate training in 2004 at McGill University, obtaining a M.Sc. in psychiatry and a Ph.D. in neuroscience followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and a Sackler Scientist with the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University.

Champagne’s doctoral and post-doctoral research was focused on the neurobiology of maternal care and the epigenetic effects of mother-infant interactions. Studies in rodents suggest that the quality of maternal care received in infancy can lead to long-term changes in offspring gene expression and behavior. Champagne’s current and ongoing research explores the implications of these influences for the transmission of behavior across generations and the molecular mechanisms through which these effects are achieved.

Her research is funded by NIH, NIEHS, and EPA and she is involved in a collaborative training grant at Columbia University on the social, ethical and legal implications of genetics research. Champagne is also an instructor of a variety of courses at Columbia University, including The Developing Brain, Inheritance and Neurobiology of Reproductive Behavior, and is currently a director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology.

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