Annie Vogel Ciernia, Ph. D.

Post-doctoral fellow

3426 Tupper Hall

(530) 754-7906




2004-2008 Bachelor of Science, North Dakota State University, Majors Biotechnology and Psychology

2008-2014 Doctor of Philosophy, Neurobiology & Behavior, University of California, Irvine


Research Interests

I am interested in the epigenetic regulation of activity-dependent transcription. Specifically my work focuses on understanding the mechanisms controlling gene expression in a variety of contexts including several mouse models of autism and intellectual disability.



2014: Autism Research Training Fellowship Program, University of California, Davis MIND Institute T32

2013: UCI Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering Graduate Merit Fellowship

2013: James L. McGaugh Award for Excellence in Graduate Research in Neurobiology and Behavior

2013: American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Travel Award

2013: Renee Harwick Advanced CNLM Graduate Student Award

2013: Top Graduate Oral Presentation at the 24th Science Conference of the Graduate Women in Science

2013: ReMIND Outstanding Presentation at the Emerging Scientist Symposium

2013: NRSA: The Role of BAF53b Mediated Nucleosome Remodeling in Long-Term Memory Formation

2012-2014: Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship ($20,000 award)

2012-2013: Aging Training Grant (T32-AG00096-29)

2012: Second Prize Data Blitz presentation at the CNLM Annual Conference on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

2012: Graduate Student Chapter Travel Award, Society for Neuroscience

2011: Graduate Fellow Award, HHMI-UCI Teaching Fellows Program

2011: Edward Steinhaus Teaching Award

2009-2010: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Training Grant (T32-NS007444)

2008-2009: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Graduate School Fellowship



Vogel Ciernia A, Pride M, Durbin-Johnson B, Noronha A, Chang A, Yasui DH, Crawley JN, LaSalle JM. March 2017. Early motor phenotype detection in a female mouse model of Rett syndrome is improved by cross-fostering. Hum Mol Genet.

Dunaway KW, Islam MS, Coulson RL, Lopez SJ, Ciernia AV, Chu RG, Yasui DH, Pessah IN, Lott P, Mordaunt C, Meguro-Horike M, Horike S, Korf I, LaSalle JM. December 2016. Cumulative Impact of Polychlorinated Biphenyl and Large Chromosomal Duplications on DNA Methylation, Chromatin, and Expression of Autism Candidate Genes Epigenetics. Cell Rep.

Ciernia AV, LaSalle J. (2016). The landscape of DNA methylation amid a perfect storm of autism aetiologies. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 17:411–423.

López AJ, Kramár E, Matheos DP, White AO, Kwapis J, Vogel-Ciernia A, Sakata K, Espinoza M, Wood MA. (2016). Promoter-Specific Effects of DREADD Modulation on Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Formation. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(12):3588-3599.

Vogel-Ciernia, A. & Wood, M.A. (2014). Examining Memory for Object Location and Object Recognition in Mice. Current Protocol, 69(8.31):8.31.1–8.31.17.

Rahul Bharadwaj, R., Peter, C.J., Jiang, Y., Roussos, P., Vogel-Ciernia, A., Shen, E., Mitchell, A., Mao,W., Whittle, C., Dincer, A., Jakovcevski, M., Pothula, V., Rasmussen, T.P., Giakoumaki, S.G., Bitsios, P., Gardner, P.D., Ernst, P., Ghose, S., Sklar, P., Haroutunian, V., Tamminga, C., Myers, R.H., Futai, K., Wood, M.A., & Akbarian, S. (2014) Conserved higher-order chromatin regulates NMDA receptor gene expression and cognition. Neuron, 84(5):997–1008.

Vogel-Ciernia, A. & Wood, M.A. (2014). Neuron-specific chromatin remodeling: A missing link in epigenetic mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity, memory, and intellectual disability disorders. Neuropharmacology, 80:18-27.

Gayzur, N.D, Langley, L.K., Friesen, C.K., Wyman, S.V., Saville, A.L., Ciernia, A.T., Padmanabhan, G. (2014). Reflexive orienting in response to short- and long-duration gaze cues in young, young-old, and old-old adults. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76(2): 407-419.

Vogel-Ciernia, A. Matheos, D.P., Barrett, R.M., Kramár, E., Azzawi, S., Chen, Y., Magnan, C.N., Zeller, M., Sylvain, A., Haettig, J., Jia, Y., Tran, A., Dang, R., Post, R.J., Chabrier, M., Babayan, A., Wu, J.I., Crabtree, G.R., Baldi, P., Baram, T.Z., Lynch, G. & Wood, M.A. (2013). The neuron-specific chromatin regulatory subunit BAF53b is necessary for synaptic plasticity and memory. Nature Neuroscience, 16(5): 552-561.

Vashishtha, M. Ng, C.W., Yildirim, F., Gipson T., Kratter, I.H., Bodai, L., Song, W., Lau, A., Labadorf, A., Vogel-Ciernia, A., Troncoso, J., Ross, C.A., Bates, G.P., Krainc, D., Sadri-Vakili, G., Finkbeiner, S., Marsh, J.L., Housman, D.E., Fraenkel, E., Thompson, L.M. (2013) Targeting H3K4 Trimethylation in Huntington Disease. PNAS, 110(32): E3027-E3036.

McNulty, S., Barrett, R.M., Vogel-Ciernia, A., Malvaez, M., Hernandez, N., Davatolhagh, M.F., Matheos, D.P., Schiffman, A. & Wood, M.A. (2012). Differential roles for Nr4a1 and Nr4a2 in object location versus object recognition long-term memory. Learning & Memory, 19:588-592.

Vogel-Ciernia, A. & Wood, M.A. (2012). Molecular Brake Pad Hypothesis: Pulling Off the Brakes for Emotional Memory. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 23(5-6): 607-626.

Langley, L.K., Friesen, C.K., Saville, A.L., & Ciernia, A.T. (2011). Timing of Reflexive Visuospatial Orienting in Young, Young-Old, and Old-Old Adults. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73(5):1546-61.