Handelsman Lab

Mara Beebe
Research Specialist
My research centers around the Gut-Brain axis and the idea that the bacteria in your gut, your gut microbiome, communicate with and affect your brain. The gut microbiome has been implicated in many disorders and diseases, both mental and physical. I look at how various interventions, such as being put on a selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor or taking a mindfulness-based stress reduction course, affect the type and amount of bacteria in a person's gut. I analyze the gut microbiome pre- and post-intervention and aim to find biomarkers of change that can be used for diagnosis or treatment in the future.
BS, Gender & Women's Studies and Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2018.