Sydney Aten

Sydney Aten

Sydney Aten

Advisor: Karl Obrietan

(614) 292-4420

333 W 10th Avenue
Columbus OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience


  • BS in Neuroscience, The Ohio State University


I study how circadian rhythms modulate brain plasticity. Along these lines, I am interested in understanding the mechanisms that underlie time-of-day modulation of cognition and synaptic plasticity, and how such processes may be affected by disease states.


2018 - Distinguished University Fellowship, The Ohio State University Graduate School


Aten S, Page CE, Kalidindi A, Wheaton K, Niraula A, Godbout JP, Hoyt KR, Obrietan K. miR-132/212 is induced by stress and its dysregulation triggers anxiety-related behavior. Neuropharmacology. 2019 Jan;144:256-270. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2018.10.020.

Aten S, Page CE, Kalidindi A, Wheaton KL, Niraula A, Godbout JP, Hoyt KR, Obrietan K. Data highlighting the expression of two miR-132/212 target genes-Sirt1 and Pten-after chronic stress. Data Brief. 2018 Nov 13;21:2323-2329.

Wheaton KL, Hansen KF, Aten S, Sullivan KA, Yoon H, Hoyt KR, Obrietan K.The Phosphorylation of CREB at Serine 133 Is a Key Event for Circadian Clock Timing and Entrainment in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus.J Biol Rhythms. 2018 Oct;33(5):497-514. doi: 10.1177/0748730418791713. Epub 2018 Sep 3.

Aten S, Hansen KF, Snider K, Wheaton K, Kalidindi A, Garcia A, Alzate-Correa D, Hoyt KR, Obrietan K. miR-132 couples the circadian clock to daily rhythms of neuronal plasticity and cognition. Learn Mem. 2018 Apr 16;25(5):214-229.

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