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CATHERINE JENSEN PEñA, PhD

Assistant Professor

Princeton Neuroscience Institute

B.A.  University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D.  Columbia University

Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

cpena@princeton.edu  |  CV  Google Scholar

 


Postdoctoral Fellows

Julie-Anne Rodier, PhD

Julie-Anne Rodier, PhD

I received my PhD in 2018 from the Grenoble Institute of Neuroscience in France. My doctoral work focused on understanding the cleavage of BDNF, a neurotrophine with a dichotomous role in neuron survival, growth and differentiation. We identified a phosphorylated form of BDNF capable of modulating BDNF processing, and thus, its functions in synaptic plasticity and memory. 

Before that, I completed my Master’s as part of an exchange with Western Washington University, WA, USA and Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France. 

I got passionate about neuroscience while learning about Huntington’s Disease and I’m interested in better understanding physiological mechanisms and changes underlying mood and psychiatric disorders.

 
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Future Postdoctoral Fellows: We are always looking for motivated and creative people. Please email cpena@princeton.edu with your CV, a brief description of your research experience and interests, and contact information for references.  


Graduate Students

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Please apply through the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Applications open in September, due November. Contact for specific interest.

 

Research Technician

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Now hiring

Please see and apply to official job posting here. Preference will be given to those with animal experience and who can commit to two years in the lab.

 


Undergraduate Students

Austin Chang   Princeton 2022

Austin Chang

Princeton 2022

 
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If you are interested in working in the Peña Lab, please email with your interests, what you hope to gain from participating in research in the lab, and any relevant coursework you have taken. Preference will be given to those who can work 4-12 hours/week during the school year.

 
 

Below are some of the excellent students I’m grateful to have gotten to work with prior to starting at Princeton.

Cali's thesis defense     Cali Calarco, PhD   Worked with Dr. Peña: 2010 (Summer Amgen Scholar at Vassar College / Columbia University)  Graduate school:: Yale Neuroscience  Current Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Maryland

Cali's thesis defense

Cali Calarco, PhD

Worked with Dr. Peña: 2010 (Summer Amgen Scholar at Vassar College / Columbia University)

Graduate school:: Yale Neuroscience

Current Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Maryland

When the hood lights are broken, you innovate     Hope Kronman   Worked with Dr. Peña: 2014-2018  Current MD-PhD student at Mount Sinai

When the hood lights are broken, you innovate

Hope Kronman

Worked with Dr. Peña: 2014-2018

Current MD-PhD student at Mount Sinai

Celebrating our paper!      Tin Leong   Worked with Dr. Peña: 2015  Current MD student at Mount Sinai

Celebrating our paper!

Tin Leong

Worked with Dr. Peña: 2015

Current MD student at Mount Sinai