Eric R. Wengert PhD

My passion is to understand how neurons function in the brain and how they dysfunction in neurological diseases.

I grew up in south central Pennsylvania. I graduated as the valedictorian of Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 2012 before pursuing a neuroscience degree at Bucknell University, where I graduated summa cum laude in 2016. I entered the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, in 2016, and graduated with my PhD in 2021. Presently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Ethan M. Goldberg at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of genetic epilepsy syndromes with the hope of providing better treatments to patients and their families.

Ultimately, my career goal is to be a neuroscience researcher and teacher at the university level. Beyond the lab, I enjoy running, music, philosophy, and chess. I currently live in Philadelphia with my lovely wife Ellie and my cat Finley.