Dr. Christine Ann Denny Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, Research Scientist V in the Division of Integrative Neuroscience at the New York State Psychiatric Institute
Dr. Christine Ann Denny is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and a Research Scientist V in the Division of Integrative Neuroscience at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University in 2012, where she investigated the impact of adult hippocampal neurogenesis on behavior in the laboratory of Dr. René Hen. She then completed a short post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. René Hen and started her own laboratory in 2013. The primary mission of her laboratory is to identify the neural basis of learning and memory in disease states, such as in depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, she created a novel genetic murine line, the ArcCreERT2 mice, which allows for the permanent labeling of individual memory traces. This line allows for a comparison of the neural ensembles activated during memory encoding and those activated during memory retrieval. This work has recently been featured on PBS NOVA. In addition, Dr. Denny’s laboratory is developing novel prophylactics against stress-induced depressive-like behavior (e.g. ketamine). Dr. Denny is the recipient of numerous awards including the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) and a NARSAD Young Investigator award. She is currently funded by the aforementioned mechanisms as well as by NYSTEM, Research Initiatives for Science and Engineering (RISE), and a Faculty Research Fellowship Relating to the Study of Optimal Aging.