Graduate Students

Elina Thomas

Elina Thomas, Doctoral Candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience

I am a Ph.D. student in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department at OHSU. My research is focused on using resting state functional connectivity MRI (rs-fcMRI) to identify neural systems present at birth which support emerging emotion regulatory ability. The ultimate goal of this work is to identify functional connections in the infant brain which may predict risk for future psychopathology. I hold a Masters in Physiology and Bachelors in Psychology from North Carolina State University and have prior research experience working with non-human primate and rodent models.

Mollie Marr

Mollie Marr, MD/Ph.D. Student, Behavioral Neuroscience

I am a MD/PhD student in Behavioral Neuroscience.  My research examines maternal psychological stress during pregnancy as a potential mechanism for the intergenerational transmission of childhood trauma.  I am using a novel machine learning algorithm to see if maternal psychological stress and its interaction with a history of maternal childhood trauma relates to infant neurobiological and psychosocial development. I double-majored in Theatre and Psychology with a minor in Applied Theatre, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.