Elizabeth Bauer

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Elizabeth Bauer, assistant professor of biological sciences, 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.

Selected Publications

Duvarci S, Bauer EP, Pare D (2009) The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis mediates inter-individual variations in anxiety and fear.
Journal of Neuroscience, in press.

Bauer EP, Paz R, Pare D Gamma oscillations coordinate amygalo-rhinal interactions during learning. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(35):9369-79, (2007)

Paz R, Pelletier JG, Bauer EP, Pare D (2006) Emotional enhancement of memory via amygdala-driven facilitation of rhinal interactions.
Nature Neuroscience, 9(10):1321-9.

Bauer EP, LeDoux, JE Heterosynaptic long term potentiation of inhibitory interneurons in the lateral amygdala.  Journal of Neuroscience, 24(43):9507-12(2004)

Bauer EP, Nader K, LeDoux JE)  Fear conditioning and LTP in the lateral amygdala are sensitive to the same stimulus contingencies.

Nature Neuroscience, 4(7):687-8, (2001)

Molecular and cellular neuroscience
Emotional memory



A.B., Amherst College

Ph.D., New York University