Melissa Bauman, Ph.D.

Melissa D. Bauman, Ph.D.





  • Associate Professor

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Bauman is a behavioral neuroscientist whose research focuses on prenatal risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders.  She is particularly interested in the influence of the maternal-fetal immune environment on neural development.  

She also has a strong commitment to advancing women's careers in science and medicine and serves as the director of the UC Davis Health Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS) program.



Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute


Ph.D., Neuroscience, UC Davis, Davis CA 2003

B.A., Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO 1998


Autism Research Training Program, UC Davis MIND Institute, Sacramento CA 2004-2007

Honors and Awards

UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development Fellow, 2018

AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar Trainee, 2016

NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2012

AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar Trainee, 2012

UCDMC Women in Medical and Health Sciences (WIMHS) Mentored Leadership Trainee, 2011

Select Recent Publications

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