Wenzel Mini Lab: Hormonal Markers for Perinatal Risk

Investigating the role of neuroactive steroids in potential threat and reward during the perinatal period.

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Wenzel Mini Lab: Hormonal Markers for Perinatal Risk


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Investigating the role of neuroactive steroids in potential threat and reward during the perinatal period.

Affective disorders are extremely heterogenous in both symptom presentation and pathophysiology. To address the unique experiences of perinatal affective disorders, the goal of our lab is to investigate the neurobiology of specific affective symptoms during the perinatal period. Specifically, we are interested in how hormonal changes during this time might influence potential threat and reward functioning in affective disorders.

Our Team

Elizabeth Wenzel MA

  • PhD Student, Behavioral Neuroscience Program
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, CLEAR Lab and Women's Mental Health Research Program

Elizabeth began her doctoral studies in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychology in the fall of 2018. She is a member of Dr. Pauline Maki's laboratory within the Women's Mental Health Research Program at UIC and thus collaborates with the CLEAR Lab and Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul. She is interested in studying phenotypes of mood and anxiety disorders in women in the context of behavior and biomarkers such as neuroactive steroids, inflammatory markers, etc. Her interests particularly include periods of hormonal fluctuation (i.e. pregnancy). Elizabeth received her B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Carthage College in 2018.

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Elizabeth Wenzel

Sherine Thomas

  • Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Sherine is a freshman studying Biological Sciences at UIC; she is also a member of the Honors College. She aspires to be a pediatrician in the future. Sherine is involved in UIC’s dance team, Chicago Adaa, volunteers at Bolingbrook Hospital, and is a Religious Education assistant teacher at her parish. She is thrilled to be a part of the Women’s Mental Health Research Team and hopes to gain experience in this field of medicine as well as help change negative connotations towards mental health care issues.

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Maryam Ahmad

  • Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Maryam is a senior at UIC on the pre-med track and is a member of the Honors College. She has been a part of the WMHRP for 2 years and is interested in biological markers for perinatal mental health.

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Abigail Pettineo

  • Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Abigail is a second-year biology student on the pre-medicine track at UIC. She is a member of the Honors College and the current Honors College Ball Committee Chair on the Honors College Advisory Board. She is also the Public Affairs Director for the Undergraduate Student Government, an outreach coordinator for UIC’s Dance Marathon, Sparkathon, a member of the Community Outreach Committee for the Society of Future Physicians, a member of the Dean’s LAS Student Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Rotaract, a service club in her town. Abigail also enjoys dancing in her local studio’s company as well as playing the cello. Abigail’s goal is to attend medical school with a passion for women’s health and pediatrics.

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Abigail Pettineo

Sarah Parikh

  • Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Sarah is currently a sophomore at UIC with a major in general psychology. Her academic aspirations include the UIC Nursing Program this upcoming fall. She is a CNA at Bickford Assisted Living and has been for a year, earning her license in July 2021. She has strong interests in women's health, especially pertaining to mental health. In her free time she enjoys reading, going on walks with her family and making homemade coffee!

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Sarah Parikh

Interested in joining our mini lab? Contact Elizabeth Wenzel at ewenze4atuic [dot] edu.

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