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Alessia Mastrodonato

Visiting Fellow

Engrams Conference Fall 2021


Dr. Alessia Mastrodonato works in Dr. Christine Ann Denny’s Laboratory at Columbia University as postdoctoral fellow. She got her degree in Neurobiology at Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD in Neuroscience at Catholic University School of Medicine in Rome.

Her work focuses on investigating the mechanisms underlying ketamine-induced stress resilience and how individual memories are modified by ketamine administration. She is author of several papers in high impact factor journals (see here); within two years of joining her lab at Columbia, she published two first-authored manuscripts in Biological Psychiatry and Scientific Reports and co-authored a third manuscript in Neuropsychopharmacology. In 2017, she was awarded the Rotary Global Grant to investigate the brain circuits underlying ketamine prophylactic efficacy, and, in 2018, she was awarded the Sackler Award by the Sackler Institute of Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University to investigate ketamine effects during adolescence. Alessia was recently awarded the 2018 Trainee Professional Development Award (TPDA) to attend the SfN 2018 Conference and present her work on prophylactic ketamine. In addition to research, Alessia also enjoys organizing events and activities for the Columbia Postdoctoral Society (CUPS) at Columbia University, as she was recently elected chair of networking and community building.

In early 2021, Alessia was selected as Guest Editor for “Adolescence and Risk of Psychopathology: Understanding Trajectories and Early Interventions,” a project that will appear in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience and in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

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