Mary received her BS in Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed her PhD in the lab of Jessica Mong at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine where she examined the mechanism by which methamphetamine enhances sexual motivation in the female rat. As a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Jeffrey Blaustein at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she studied the effects of an immune challenge experienced during puberty on the brain and behavior of female rodents, with a particular interest in neuroinflammation. As a postdoctoral research associate at GSU, she is investigating how perturbations to the microbiota-gut-brain axis affect the brain and behavior. When not in the lab, Mary is a
soccer, dance, gymnastics mom and loves to do arts and crafts with her daughter. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.