Dr. Natalie Tronson
University of Michigan
Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)
Natalie Tronson is a behavioral and molecular neuroscientist interested in sex differences in learning and memory, and psychiatric/neurological disorders associated with alteration of memory, including post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's Disease and depression. Dr. Tronson's work uses mouse models to study how exposure to illness and neuroimmune activation, stress, or hormone contraceptives (among other factors) can cause both short and long-term changes in the brain, in memory processes, in emotion regulation, and in cognitive decline. Current projects include the long-term changes in memory as a consequence of COVID-19 and related inflammation; sex differences in molecular mechanisms of fear memory; and hormone contraceptive modulation of stress responsiveness and depression risk.