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Alien Therapeutics Inc., Philadelphia, PA                                                                                               2022 – Pres.

Focus: Circular RNA Therapeutics

Founder | CEO

Exponent Inc., Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                               2023 – 2023

Human Factors Consultant

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda, MD                                                                2021 – 2021

Division of Translational Research 

Traumatic Stress Research Program

Special Volunteer | COVID-19


University of Wisconsin, WI                                                                                                                     2020 – 2021

Department of Psychology                                                                                                                

Assistant Professor | Tenure-Track | (Link)

Asok Laboratory


Columbia University | Howard Hughes Medical Institute, New York, NY                                         2016 – 2021

Department of Neuroscience

Zuckerman Mind Brain & Behavior Institute

Associate | Postdoctoral Research Scientist | (Link)

Kandel Laboratory | Advisor: Eric R. Kandel, MD




Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD                                                                                                   Est. 2027
Carey School of Business
MBA, Analytics | Leadership | Innovation

Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC                                                                                                 Est. 2027

School of Advanced International Studies

MAIR, International Economics | Finance

University of Delaware, Newark, DE                                                                                                                     2016

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

PhD, Psychology | Neuroscience

Advisor: Jeffrey B. Rosen, PhD


Temple University, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                    2010 Department of Psychology

BS, Neuroscience | 2nd Major Psychology | Distinction | Magna Cum Laude

Advisors: Thomas J. Gould, PhD & Richard G. Heimberg, PhD




IBM Artificial Intelligence Engineering Professional Certificate                                                                     2024

Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate                                                                                                   2024

IBM Data Science Professional Certificate                                                                                                          2023

McAfee Counter-Intelligence Threat Analyst Certificate                                                                                  2023

AS in Business Administration                                                                                                                2002 – 2005

Cisco (CCNA) Networking Academy                                                                                                      2000 – 2002



Johns Hopkins University (Carey Business School) Dean's Scholarship                                                         2024

Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) Scholarship for Technology and International Affairs                             2025

NIMH Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (F32-MH114306 / 5th%)                               2018 – 2021

American Psychological Association (APA) Top Dissertation Research Grant                                               2015

NSF EPSCOR Seminar Subaward: Proper Management of Scientific Data                                                    2015

Pavlovian Society Top Poster Prize                                                                                                                        2015

University of Delaware Competitive Dissertation Fellowship                                                              2015 – 2016

University of Delaware Competitive Graduate Research Fellowship                                                  2014 – 2015

ISDP Sackler Institute Travel Award                                                                                                                      2013

Delaware Society for Neuroscience Top Poster Prize                                                                                         2013

University of Delaware Professional Development Award                                                                    2011 – 2014

University of Delaware Department of Psychology Travel Award                                                       2011 – 2014

Temple University Neuroscience Research Expo Top Poster Prize                                                                2009

Temple University Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology                                                   2009 – 2010





Interview for Nutopia / Disney+ on Fear and Survival Mechanisms (2023).


Commentary on ISRIB Molecule Development by Google Calico Labs, MIT Technology Review, Cambridge, MA (2021).



Reflections of a Scientist at Columbia University. Columbia University News and Media. New York, NY (2021).



Childhood telomere work featured in, “The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.” By Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel (2017).


Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF) work featured in, “The CRF Signal: Uncovering an Information Molecule.” By Jay Schulkin (2017).


Molecular Psychiatry Cover Image (2017).


Why do we like to be Scared? UD: The Review (2015).  



How we remember aversive memories: Applying optogenetics and pharmacology to decipher the function of CRF. Science Rocks Radio (93.1 FM), Newark, DE (2014). 

Science Rocks Radio Podcast - Dr. Arun Asok

Scientific Philosophy

Scientific discoveries rely on our ability to:

1) rapidly learn from failures,

2) pay attention to the details,

3) think broadly outside of the box, and, in this day and age,

4) work well with others.

These abilities are critical regardless of career path. In research, identifying how to answer an important question (e.g., Why do we remember one particular memory more strongly than another?) critically depends on developing these abilities in an intellectually and technically supportive research environment.  Innovative ideas come from anyone of any background at any education level.


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