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Senior Research Scientist, Center for Neuroscience
Stephanie Perreau-Lenz, Ph.D., focuses on the neurobiological processes involved in the development of drug addiction, and addiction’s reciprocal relationship with biological rhythms. In particular, she studies the potential of clock genes-regulated mechanisms and targets in the treatment of substance abuse.
Perreau-Lenz has a broad background in chronobiology, neuropsychopharmacology and behavior. She initiated her studies on the interaction of biological rhythms, clock genes, and addiction at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany, where she was a staff research scientist from 2004 to 2012.
From 1999 to 2004, she was a Ph.D. fellow graduate student at the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research in Amsterdam, and at the CNRS-UMR7518 in Strasbourg.
Perreau-Lenz is a member of several research societies, such as the European Biological Rhythms Society, the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, and the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society. She is also a guest associate editor for Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Dyscontrol and an editorial review board member for the Journal of Addiction. She is an invited reviewer for several journal publications, including Addiction Biology, Alcohol and Alcoholism, Alcoholism and Experimental Research, Behavioural Brain Research, Chronobiology International, the European Journal of Pharmacology, Neuropharmacology, and Neuropsychopharmacology. She has a solid publication history, with 27 papers in distinguished peer-reviewed journals and multiple first-author designations.
Her B.A. degree in mathematics and physics is from Lycée Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. Her B.S. degree in physiology and cellular biology and M.S. degree in neurosciences are from University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, and her joint-degree Ph.D. in medical sciences and neurosciences are from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and Université Louis Pasteur, respectively.