Fundamentals of the McCarthy Lab

Sexual differentiation of the brain occurs during a critical period defined by the onset and offset of sensitivity to gonadal steroids.

Current Research Areas

Neuroimmunity and Neuroinflammation

Endocannabinoids and Sex Differences in the Brain 

Phagocytic Microglia
Newborn cells engulfed in phagocytic microglia cup

Microglial Roles for Sex Differences in the Brain 

Epigenetics of Sex Differences in the Brain

How might early life experiences imprint life long changes in gene expression?

About Us

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The McCarthy Lab sits at the intersection of neuroscience and endocrinology, utilizing the latest scientific techniques to elucidate the origins and mechanisms of sex differences in the developing brain. We are affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, located in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland.