Audrey Effenberger

I'm currently a Brain & Cognitive Sciences graduate student at MIT.

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. I also started TA-ing for MCB80x: The Fundamentals of Neuroscience, an online course spanning cells to circuits and beyond.

I've always been fascinated by how living things change themselves and their environments, whether turning glucose into glyceraldehyde-3P or electrical impulses into dreams. 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:

  • Refining the CNS transcriptome
  • Neuro-glia-(immune) interactions
  • Glia in CNS health
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • iPS 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


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 help 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'm an active 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'm also an active editor of WikiProject Neuroscience.