Sarah Latchney

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

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Dr. Sarah Latchney fell in love with the brain when she took neuroscience courses as a college student at St. Lawrence University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2006. At the time, she was fascinated by the revolutionary idea that the brain is not fixed but instead can produce new neurons throughout life, including adulthood, through a process called neurogenesis. Her fascination with neurogenesis, coupled with her curiosity about how environmental factors play a role in health and disease, led her to her PhD in Toxicology from the University of Rochester in 2012. From there, her research has covered a range of topics related to neurogenesis, spanning from molecular regulators, environmental adaptations, and neuro-immune interactions in the context of various psychiatric and neurological disorders. 

Currently, Dr. Latchney’s research interests are broadly aimed at studying the impact of the early-life environment on the developing brain through the intersections of neuroscience, toxicology, and environmental health. She uses ‘environment’ as an umbrella term to include anthropogenic pollutants, naturally occurring products, and pharmaceutic agents. Students may join her lab and use various cellular and molecular approaches to study the effects of the environment on neuronal physiology. 

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Neuroscience
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental Health

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • BIOL 105: Principles of Biology 1
  • BIOL 105L: Principles of Biology 1 Laboratory
  • BIOL 109: Biology Emerging Scholars Program
  • BIOL 380: Special Topics in Biology - Neurotoxicology
  • BIOL 387: Sensory Biology with Laboratory
  • BIOL 419: Neurobiology with Laboratory
  • NEUR 201: Introduction to the Neurosciences
  • NEUR 301/303: Seminar/Advanced Seminar in the Neurosciences


  • B.S. in Biology at St. Lawrence University, 2006
  • Ph.D. in Toxicology at University of Rochester, 2012