Michelle Murphy Green

the endocannabinoid system, a widespread neuromodulary system that controls numerous developmental and regulatory processes throughout our bodies. Furthermore, the lab works to understand how exogenous cannabinoids, such as THC, may cause an affect via the endocannabinoid system.  

“It was the perfect fit for me, in that I could bring my previous experience in psychological research and work to understand the molecular processes that underlie the effects of drug exposure," Green said.

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the US today, and usage has only continued to increase in response to legalization.  In comparison to other harder drugs of abuse, cannabis is perceived as relatively safe and may be used recreationally to treat various ailments. In fact, 2-5% of pregnant women will use cannabis during their pregnancy; some as a continuation of previous usage and others as a method of treating symptoms.  There is still much that we do not know about how early life cannabinoid exposure may effect offspring neurodevelopment.  Green's research is focused on addressing this gap in knowlege, in hopes that we may better understand the effects of cannabis exposure and better advise pregnant and/or lactating women regarding any potential dangers.

Green is only the second Gill Fellowship recipient, to date.  She says, "Receiving this fellowship from the Center has given me more time and freedom to explore my research interests than I would have had otherwise; it has opened the door to greater opportunity."  This opportunity includes the ability to network with other scientists in her field, as well as gain exposure to other research techniques and findings.

Green is also using her time in completing her studies to determine her plans for the future.  She is currently exploring options in both academia and industry.  In her free time, Michelle loves all outdoor activities (including hiking, camping, kayaking, and biking) and will spend as much time outside as possible. 


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