Dr. Samantha Lauby

Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Samantha Lauby is a recipient of the 2023 New Investigator Award. Dr. Lauby’s research program aims to characterize the interactive effects of non-maternal factors within the maternal environment and maternal care on offspring neurodevelopment and behavior via steroid hormone signaling and epigenetic modifications in the developing brain. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology and Animal Behavior at Carroll University, where she conducted research projects with zebrafish, rats, and captive ring-tailed lemurs on how environmental factors can impact behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto as a Connaught Scholar in Dr. Patrick McGowan’s lab. Her graduate work characterized the interactive effects of early-life variations in temperature exposure and offspring genotype with maternal care received on later-life maternal care provisioning in female rats. Her work also emphasized possible underlying biological mechanisms in thyroid hormone receptor signaling and the oxytocinergic and dopaminergic systems. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Texas at Austin in Dr. Frances Champagne’s lab examining the interactive effects of prenatal bisphenol exposure and postnatal maternal care received on offspring neurodevelopment and behavioral outcomes in rats. She was recently awarded an F32 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship from NIEHS to examine the genome-wide DNA methylation modifications in response to prenatal bisphenol exposure and maternal care received in the developing brain.