Dr. Gilmartin received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Penn State College of Medicine in 2007 working in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew McEchron. She completed her post-doctoral training with Dr. Fred Helmstetter at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee prior to joining the faculty at Marquette University in 2013.
Memory is central to adaptive behavior. Healthy emotional learning allows us to predict and avoid danger and approach reward and safety. A distributed network of cortical and subcortical brain areas participate in successful memory formation and dysfunction in these circuits leads to maladaptive behavior observed in a number of mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and addiction. Our work seeks to determine how prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala functionally interact to form, store, and retrieve emotional memory.