R. Michelle Saré

Neuroadaptation and Protein Metabolism

National Institutes of Health

R. Michelle Saré

Rachel Michelle Saré is a postdoctoral fellow in the Section of Neuroadaptation and Protein Metabolism at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in Human and Molecular Genetics with a specialization in Neuroscience.

Her current work focuses on understanding the role of sleep disorders in autism spectrum disorders with an emphasis on studying fragile X syndrome. Her work has shown that Fmr1 knockout mice, the mouse model of fragile X, have significantly reduced sleep compared to control mice. She has also shown that chronically reduced sleep during development can lead to long-lasting social behavior abnormalities similar to what we expect in mouse models of autism. She is seeking an independent faculty position to continue her work to investigate potential therapies for sleep and autism.