When: Wed., April 11, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Frances A. Champagne completed graduate training in 2004 at McGill University, obtaining a master's in psychiatry and a Ph.D. in neuroscience followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge and 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. Champagne's research explores the transmission of behavior across generations and the molecular mechanisms through which these effects are achieved. She uses rodent models to study epigenetics, neurobiology, and behavior and also collaborates with clinical researchers who would like to apply the study of epigenetics to better understand origins of variation in human behavior. In addition to investigating the modulating effects of mother-infact interactions, Champagne is currently exploring a broad array of social influences and environmental exposures. 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.