Tracy L. Bale

Tracy Bale is a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development (CERCH). She obtained her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Washington, and completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. Wylie Vale and the Salk Institute. Prior to joining UM SOM, Dr. Bale was a Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also co-directed the Penn Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health and was the Director of Research for the BIRCWH Faculty Scholars. She has received numerous awards and participating in several national and international boards. She is currently President of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO).

The Bale lab focuses on stress as a risk factor for neurodevelopmental disorders and neuropsychiatric disease, mainly using mouse models to study vulnerability to stress dysregulation, assessing sex-specificity, developmental timing, and epigenetic mechanisms involved in programming of the brain, placenta, and sperm in response to stress. Recently, Dr. Bale has focused on bridging basic and clinical research to mechanistically examine the impact of early life adversity on neuropsychiatric disease in women. More info: