Elizabeth Bauer

Assistant Professor of Biology

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.

Academic Focus: 

Molecular and cellular neuroscience

Emotional memory


Selected Publications:

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.

Bauer, E.P. (2015) Serotonin in fear conditioning processes.  Behavioral Brain Research, 277:68-77.

Abiri D., Douglas C.E., Calakos K.C., Barbayannis G., Roberts, A., Bauer, E.P. (2014) Fear extinction learning can be impaired or enhanced by modulation of the CRF system in the basolateral nucleus of the amygdala.  Behavioral Brain Research, 271:234-9.

Burghardt, N.S., Bauer, E.P. (2013) Acute and chronic effects of SSRI treatment on fear conditioning: implications for underlying fear circuits. Neuroscience, 247:253-72.

Ravinder, S., Burghardt, N.S., Brodsky, R., Bauer, E.P., Chattarji, S. (2013) A role for the extended amygdala in the fear-enhancing effects of acute selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor treatment.  Translational Psychiatry Jan 15;3e209.

Davis, S.E., Bauer E.P. (2012) L-type voltage-gated calcium channels in the basolateral amygdala are necessary for fear extinction.  Journal of Neuroscience, 32(39):13582-6.




A.B., Amherst College

Ph.D., New York University