Rachel Gilfarb

Rachel Gilfarb

Rachel Gilfarb

Advisor: Benedetta Leuner


(614) 292-1184

Room B76 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuroendocrinology


  • BA in Neuroscience (2018), Vanderbilt University


I study how female-biased experiences, like pregnancy, affect the brain and behavior.


2021-2023 - Society for Neuroscience's Neuroscience Scholars Program Associate

2021, 2022 - Council for Graduate Students Career Development Grant

2021 - Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Ambassador

2021 - Travel Award, Organization for the Study of Sex Differences

2018 - Dean’s Graduate Enrichment Fellowship, The Ohio State University Graduate School (2-year award)


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.

Holleran, K. M., Wilson, H. H., Fetterly, T. L., Bluett, R. J., Centanni, S. W., Gilfarb, R. A., ... & Winder, D. G. (2016). Ketamine and MAG lipase inhibitor-dependent reversal of evolving depressive-like behavior during forced abstinence from alcohol drinking. Neuropsychopharmacology, 41(8), 2062-2071.

Gilfarb, R. A., & Leuner, B. (2022). GABA system modifications during periods of hormonal flux across the female lifespan. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 86.

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