Marieke Gilmartin, Ph.D.

Marieke Gilmartin, Ph.D.
Marieke Gilmartin, Ph.D. Marquette University

Schroeder Complex, 474C

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-6667Personal Website

Associate Professor/Associate Chair for Research

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Gilmartin received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Penn State College of Medicine and completed her post-doctoral training with Dr. Fred Helmstetter at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At Marquette, Dr. Gilmartin and her team study the brain circuitry underlying fear learning and memory, using a combination of in vivo electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and optogenetics. Determining the similarities and differences in how males and females learn and store fear memories will provide insight into what makes some individuals more or less susceptible to developing fear and anxiety disorders.


  • B.S. 2000, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. 2007, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2007-2012, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Courses Taught


  • BISC 4850, Systems Neuroscience
  • BISC 4851/4851H, Advanced Systems Neuroscience


  • BISC/NRSC 5850, Systems Neuroscience
  • BIOL 8955, Conditioning and Learning
  • NRSC 8002, Neuroscience Foundations II

Research Interests

Research in the Gilmartin Lab

Memory is central to adaptive behavior. Healthy emotional learning allows us to predict and avoid danger and approach reward and safety. A distributed network of cortical and subcortical brain areas participate in successful memory formation and dysfunction in these circuits leads to maladaptive behavior observed in a number of mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and addiction. Our work seeks to determine how prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala functionally interact to form, store, and retrieve emotional memory.

Additional Information

Dr. Gilmartin's research page

Dr. Gilmartin's lab page