Audrey Effenberger

I'm currently a graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Li-Huei Tsai at MIT Brain & Cognitive Sciences.

I received my undergraduate degree at Harvard College, where I studied neurobiology and mathematical sciences. Of interest to some current students, I was in the very first cohort of LS50: Integrated Science, an experimental year-long integrated science course, and I started working for MCB80x: The Fundamentals of Neuroscience, an online course spanning cells to circuits and beyond. During my undergrad years, I conducted research at Cellino Biotech, Biogen Inc, and Zhigang He's lab (HMS/BCH). I've worn many research hats, from stem cell biology and applied physics to pharmaceutics and molecular genetics.

Very, very broadly, my research interests include the following:

  • Metabolic regulation of the epigenome
  • Neuron-glia interactions
  • Oligodendrocyte lineage cells
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • iPSC modeling of the CNS
  • Regenerative medicine

You can read about my work in CV form here.



Seasonal changes in diet and toxicity in the Climbing Mantella frog (Mantella laevigata).
NA Moskowitz, et al. PLOS ONE, 26 Dec 2018. doi: 10.1101/361998


I helped to develop lesson materials and curricula for MCB80x: Fundamentals of Neuroscience, an XSeries program offered by Harvard University via edX. You can see some examples of my visual design work for the courses here. I was also a discussion moderator for all three courses.

In response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, I joined a taskforce of Harvard Medical School students to create informational illustrations and graphics for broader (non-scientific) communities. You can view my designs here. I also produced videos about topics in Emergency Medicine for the Mass General COVID Urgent Resource Video Education (CURVE) platform.

As an undergrad, I wrote a few articles and designed the print magazine layout for the Harvard Science Review, a semesterly science publication. I'm currently a Consortium member of Massive Science, a science storytelling community.

I'm also an editor of WikiProject Neuroscience.