Alison I Bernstein

Contact Information

Office Room #: 314
170 Frelinghuysen Road Piscataway, NJ 08854

Alison I Bernstein, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Education & Training

PhD - Molecular Genetics and Genomics - Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, MO
BA - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Research Interests

Research in the Bernstein lab focuses on how epigenetic modifications mediate neurotoxicological effects and gene-environment interactions underlying sporadic neurodegenerative diseases. Although these diseases are generally diseases of the aged, the neurodegenerative process begins long before clinical diagnosis. Thus, exposures that occur early in life may contribute to sporadic forms of disease by directly affecting the vulnerability of neurological systems. Epigenetic modifications are thought to imprint environmental experiences on the genome, resulting in stable alterations in phenotype. Thus, linking epigenetic changes with functional outcomes will help to elucidate the mechanisms underlying sporadic neurodegenerative diseases and further our understanding of the complex relationship between toxicity, epigenetics and neuronal vulnerability.