Kathryn Lenz

Kathryn Lenz

Kathryn Lenz

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology


(614) 292-8565

45 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Stress and Neuroimmunology


  • PhD: Indiana University
  • Postdoctoral Training: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Lenz's Lab Website

Current Research Description

My laboratory aims to understand the mechanisms that shape brain development and lifelong behavior, with a focus on the interactions between nervous, endocrine and immune systems. We investigate how steroid hormones and innate immune cells in the brain, such as microglia and mast cells, contribute to normal brain development and sex differences in the brain. Additionally, we study how innate immune cells and their signaling shape brain circuits and behavioral phenotypes related to neuropsychiatric disorders that are more common in either males or females (e.g., autism, anxiety and mood disorders). We also examine how perinatal experiences, including immune or allergic challenge, chronic stress, maternal care, and social interactions alter brain development and resulting behavior throughout life.

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