Elizabeth Bauer

Elizabeth Bauer

Department Chair, Professor


Biology, Neuroscience & Behavior


1113A Altschul Hall



Elizabeth Bauer, Associate Professor in the departments of Biology and Neuroscience, joined Barnard’s faculty in 2008. She studies the neural mechanisms underlying emotional memory.  Using classical fear conditioning, her research asks how the brain acquires and stores fear memories.

Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University where she studied how emotions facilitate learning and memory.  As a graduate student at New York University, she was interested in how individual brain cells change their activity when a fear memory is acquired.  Newer projects include how fear learning is modulated by anxiety. 

At Barnard she teaches molecular and cellular neuroscience and laboratory in molecular and cellular neuroscience.

  • A.B., Amherst College
  • Ph.D., New York University

  • Molecular and cellular neuroscience
  • Emotional memory

  • BIOL BC3362 Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience 
  • BIOL BC3363 Laboratory in Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience
  • BIOL BC3597 Guided Research 
  • HSPP BC1001-1002 Research Apprenticeship Seminar

Urien, L., Cohen S., Howard, S., Yakimov, A., Nordlicht, R. Bauer E.P. (2022) Aversive contexts reduce activity in the ventral subiculum-BNST pathway.  Neuroscience. doi: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306452222003116

Urien, L., Bauer, E.P. (2022) Sex differences in BNST and amygdala activation by contextual, cued and unpredictable threats.  Eneuro, 9(1):ENEURO.0233-21.2021. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0233-21.2021.

Urien, L., Stein, N., Ryckman, A., Bell, L, Bauer, E.P. (2021) Extended amygdala circuits are differentially activated by context fear conditioning in male and female rats.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 180, 107401.

Calakos K.C., Blackman D., Schulz A.M., Bauer E.P.  (2017) Distribution of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) receptors on GABAergic neurons within the basolateral amygdala. Synapse, 71(4).  doi: 10.1002/syn.21953.

Pelrine E., Pasik S.D., Bayat L., Bauer E.P.  (2016) 5-HT2C receptors in the BNST are necessary for the enhancement of fear learning by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 136:189-195.




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