Welcome to the Antonson Developmental Neuroimmunology Lab!

We are part of the Immunophysiology and Behavior Program within the Animal Sciences Department here at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign!

Our research is anchored within the fields of immunology, microbiology, and developmental and behavioral neuroscience. Using translational animal models, we investigate the inflammatory pathways underlying perturbations in offspring neurodevelopment, glial cell function, and behavior elicited during maternal gestational insults. We utilize live pathogen infection during pregnancy to better understand the etiologies of neurodevelopmental disorders, which are linked to gestational exposure to maternal immune activation.