Neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders have severe social, educational, emotional, and economic impacts on affected children and their families. There is increasing evidence that environmental factors, such as maternal immune activation, also play a key role in the pathophysiology of these disorders. Sarah Alshammery is a PhD student at the Kids Neuroscience Centre, The University of Sydney. Her work focuses on investigating the role of inflammation and epigenetic modulations in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. In particular, assessing the effects of maternal influences and immune therapies through the intersection of molecular biology, immunology and bioinformatic approaches such as RNA-sequencing and proteomics.