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Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Emilie Rissman

Discipline: Biology
University of Virginia

Emilie Rissman is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia the School of Medicine. She is also an active member of the Neuroscience program where she teaches a course in Epigenetics, Behavior and Cognition. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from Cornell University where her dissertation work was on the role that pheromones play in suppressing puberty in male voles, Microtus Californicus. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Texas in Austin. There she began working on the reproductive physiology and behavior of the musk shrew, Suncus murinus. She has authored over 140 publications since her appointment at the University of Virginia including several book chapters and scholarly reviews. She has given many lectures at other universities and plenary lectures at conferences, most recently at the American Psychological Association. She is an associate editor for four journals in her field. Her current research interests include the actions of endocrine disrupting agents on the developing brain along with the role that epigenetic modifications play and how these might be related to childhood mental illnesses.