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  |  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 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


Shannon Bennett

Undergraduate Students

Kendra Dombroski   Princeton 2020

Kendra Dombroski

Princeton 2020

Anne Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff   Princeton 2020

Anne Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff

Princeton 2020

Austin Chang   Princeton 2022

Austin Chang

Princeton 2022

Tanzina Islam   Princeton 2021

Tanzina Islam

Princeton 2021

Parker Jones   Princeton 2021

Parker Jones

Princeton 2021

Christabel Mclain   Princeton 2021

Christabel Mclain

Princeton 2021

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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 Neuro majors who can work at least 4 hours/week during the school year.