- About Kristen
Kristen Maynard, Ph.D. is an Investigator in the Molecular Neuroanatomy Division at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at Bowdoin College and completed her doctoral degree in neuroscience at Yale University where she studied mechanisms governing cortical neuron development. Dr. Maynard received specialized training in translational research through the Yale Medical Research Scholars Program and joined the then-newly established Lieber Institute for a postdoctoral fellowship in biological psychiatry with Dr. Keri Martinowich in 2012. Using cell type-specific molecular profiling techniques in combination with circuit biology and systems neuroscience in mice, she identified novel links between gene expression, plasticity, and behavior in the context of chronic stress, fear regulation, aggression, and social behavior. She was recruited as a Research Scientist to advance novel methodologies and tools for studying gene expression with single cell and spatial resolution in postmortem human brain. In collaboration with her colleagues, Dr. Maynard conducted the first transcriptome-scale spatial gene expression studies in human cortex using Visium spatial transcriptomics technology. Her cross-species research program integrates circuit-specific studies in mice with cell type-specific molecular studies in postmortem human brain to identify novel mechanisms underlying psychiatric disease and addiction for the development of therapeutic targets.