Michaela Breach

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Michaela Breach

Advisor: Kathryn Lenz


(614) 292-6573

B85 Psychology
1835 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Sex Differences
  • Development


  • BS in Neuroscience and Psychology (2015), Indiana University Bloomington


I am broadly interested in how early life immune perturbation may affect neurodevelopment and behavior with a focus on sex differences. My main project investigates potential mechanisms underlying social deficits found in a model of prenatal allergic inflammation. A second project I'm involved with focuses on understanding the role that neuroimmune cells may play in the consequences of juvenile traumatic brain injury.


2021 - Welcome Initiative Award, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

2021 - First-time Attendee Award, Organization for the Study of Sex Differences

2021 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2019 - University Fellowship, The Ohio State University Graduate School


Breach, M. R., Dye, C. N., Joshi, A., Platko, S., Gilfarb, R. A., Krug, A. R., Franceschelli DV, Galan A, Dodson CM, & Lenz, K. M. (2021). Maternal allergic inflammation in rats impacts the offspring perinatal neuroimmune milieu and the development of social play, locomotor behavior, and cognitive flexibility. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 95:269-286.

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