Marie Breen, Ph.D.

Marie Breen, Ph.D.

Marie Breen, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Postdoctoral Research Grant (2013): $104,000

Mentor: Virginia Willour, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Investigating Genetic and Epigenetic Changes in the HPA Axis in Suicidal Behavior

The genetics of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) helps manage our stress response system. Early childhood trauma can alter one’s HPA axis, potentially increasing the risk for suicide.  Using two state-of-the-art approaches to genetics, this post-mortem study will examine the genetics of the HPA axis and stress in relation to suicide.