Sara B. Mitchell

Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

I am interested in the neural mechanisms and circuitry underlying neuropsychiatric disorders in addition to factors impacting individual’s vulnerability to their development. Fascinated by prenatal and early life risk for such disorders, I am further interested in the influence of maternal mental state on offspring neurodevelopment. Thus, I am eager to investigate the intersection of depression vulnerability signatures with maternal neurocircuitry and behavior. By gaining a greater understanding of the maternal brain at the network-level, the long-term objective of this work is to elucidate potential targets for therapies bolstering maternal resilience, thereby benefiting both mother and offspring.


Sara Mitchell
Morton, IL
BA, Biology, Augustana College
BA, Neuroscience, Augustana College