About Mathieu

Mathieu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior and French. As an undergraduate student, he studied the neurobiology of sleep/wake regulation in Dr. Leszek Kubin’s lab. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Mat joined Dr. Gary Aston-Jones’ lab as a research assistant, where his work focused on the neural circuits underlying motivated behavior, drug addiction and relapse. In 2012, Mat received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ted Abel, Mat’s thesis explored the molecular underpinnings of sleep/wake regulation, memory formation and how these processes change with age. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Pierce lab, Mat continues to pursue his longstanding interest in the neurobiology of addiction and memory formation. His current research investigates how paternal cocaine exposure influences memory formation in offspring. Mat combines behavioral, electrophysiological and molecular techniques to better understand the cognitive impairments caused by paternal cocaine abuse in rats. Outside of the lab, Mat is actively involved in the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council, where he serves as the co-chair of the Diversity Committee.

Mathieu was born and raised in Marseille, France. He came to the US as a high school student and moved to Philadelphia to attend Penn.