Professor Maureen Barr fell in love with Genetics as a Rutgers undergraduate way back when (B.A. 1990). She pursued her interests in medical and behavioral genetics and trained at Columbia (Ph.D.) and the California Institute of Technology (postdoc). She joined the faculty and received tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2007, she returned to her alma mater as faculty of the Department of Genetics. Her lab is interested in how animal behavior is shaped by the environment, genes, and neural circuits. The Barr laboratory has also developed C. elegans models for several human genetic diseases, and is in the unique position to address the underlying molecular bases and interconnections of these devastating disorders. When not in the lab or classroom, she may be seen running around Highland Park/New Brunswick or playing with her three sons.