Kimberley McAllister is Director of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. She obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Duke University in 1996, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute. She has been a Professor at UC Davis since 2000. Her research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of synapse formation and plasticity and the role for neural-immune interactions in brain development and disease. Her laboratory has recently discovered a link between the microbiome and immune dysregulation in a mouse model of psychiatric disorders and she is currently studying how the gut-immune-brain axis regulates the development of healthy brains and how dysregulation of this axis, through environmental exposures, genetic mutations and/or diet, contributes to changes in brain development that underlie psychiatric illness. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and she has received support from private foundations including the Basil O’Connor Research award, the Pew Scholars award, the Merck Scholars award, and an Independent Investigator award from NARSAD. She also received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Neuroscience.