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Caroline B. Palavicino-Maggio, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Assistant Neuroscientist, Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience Research

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Caroline B. Palavicino-Maggio, PhD, is a basic neuroscientist who studies the fundamental neurological basis of social behavior using the fruit fly model system’s genetic approaches. In 2016, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Ed Kravitz in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Her post-doctoral research was centered on identifying the neurons involved for female aggression as well as the evolutionary element of behavior.

Dr. Palavicino-Maggio has been selected for many prestigious awards from the Rutgers Society Foundation, New York Academy of Sciences, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, NIMH Independent Dissertation Grant, and NIGMS K99/R00 MOSAIC Pathway to Independence. In 2020, she was acknowledged by Cell Press in their “100 most Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in America” list. Dr. Palavicino-Maggio is a strong advocate for social justice and encouraging young people from marginalized groups to pursue STEM careers.


Education & Training

  • 2002 BS in Biopsychology, Rider College
  • 2013 PhD in Neuropharmacology and Neurophysiology, Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School
  • 2016-2022 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School


Phone: 617.855.2049
Office Address: Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 323