Melissa D. Bauman, Ph.D. - IDDRC Investigator

Melissa D. Bauman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street, Room 1416
Sacramento, CA 95817

Phone: 916-703-0377 / Fax:  916-703-0370

Areas of Interest

Animal Models, Nonhuman Primates, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Autism, Schizophrenia


Dr. Bauman is an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a faculty member of the UC Davis MIND Institute.  Dr. Bauman’s research focuses on the neural basis of social development, integrating basic neuroscience, behavior and immunological approaches to understand how primates develop species-typical social behavior. Her translational research utilizes sophisticated animal models to examine risk factors and develop novel therapeutic interventions for neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia. Dr. Bauman’s current research efforts focus on changes in the prenatal environment, in particular activation and/or abnormalities in the mother’s immune system, which may act as a "neurodevelopmental disease primer" in exposed offspring.

Current IDDRC Projects

  • 1R21NS081487 (Bauman & Pieper, PIs)                                                            
  • Efficacy of a Novel Neuroprotective Compound in Nonhuman Primate
  • The major goal of this program is evaluate a novel neuroprotective compound in the rhesus monkey.

Recent Representative Publications

Bauman, M.D., Iosif, A., Smith, S.E.P., Bregere, C., Amaral, D.G., Patterson, P.H. (2013). Activation of the maternal immune system during pregnancy alters behavioral development of rhesus monkey offspring. Biological Psychiatry. Sep 4. pii: S0006-3223(13)00673-2. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.06.025. [Epub ahead of print].

Bauman, M.D., Iosif, A., Ashwood, P., Braunschweig, D. Van de Water, J. Lee, A., Schumann, C.M., Amaral, D.G. (2013). Maternal antibodies from mothers of children with autism alter brain growth and social behavior development in the rhesus monkey. Translational Psychiatry, 3, e278; doi:10.1038/tp.2013.47

Bauman, M.D., & Schumann, C.M. (2013). Is “Bench-to-Bedside” Realistic for Autism? An Integrative Neuroscience Approach. Neuropsychiatry. , 3(2), 159-168.

Schumann, C. M., Bauman, M.D., & Amaral, D. G. (2011). Aberrant amygdala structure or function is a common component of neurodevelopmental disorders. Neuropsychologia. 2011 Mar;49(4):745-59. Epub 2010 Oct 13.

Bauman, M. D., Crawley, J. N., Berman, R. F. (2010).  Autism:  Animal models.  In:  Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Chichester. pp1-10, DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0022368.