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Jennifer Felger, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Felger is a postdoctoral fellow in the Mind Body Program and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida (2001), and a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory (2007) after completing a thesis project investigating the impact of peripheral immune activation on the brain and behavior. She then continued her training in neuroscience and immunology as a postdoctoral fellow in the Neuroimmune Group in the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University (2007-2009). Dr. Felger has since returned to Emory to extend her previous work on immune activation and behavior by focusing on cytokine effects on the brain dopamine system using chronic interferon-alpha administration and microdialysis and PET neuroimaging techniques. She is also involved in ongoing projects examining the molecular and cellular pathways of immune cell activation in relation to behavioral change in patients with major depression, and those receiving cytokine therapy with interferon-alpha. Dr. Felger has received several training grants throughout her career, and is currently the recipient of an individual postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Mental Health.