Carnegie Mellon University

Alison Barth

Alison L. Barth

Professor, Biological Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Biological Sciences
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Alison Barth studies the organization and plasticity of neocortical circuits in rodents. Her work, which centers on how synapses are altered by behavioral experience, involves the use of neurophysiological recordings, transgenic mice, and electron microscopy to understand brain function.


Barth has received numerous awards, including the Research Award for Innovation in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience’s Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, and she has been a Sloan Foundation fellow. She holds a patent for the fosGFP transgenic mouse and is an inventor on multiple applications for other neuroscience-related methods and treatments.