A headshot photo of Kristina Penikis.

Kristina Penikis, PhD

Teaching Assistant Professor

Contact Information



  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Graduate Training

  • PhD in Neural Science, New York University

Research Interests

Dr. Penikis's research interests center on information processing by sensory systems. She's used various techniques, including animal behavior, electrophysiology, and optogenetics, to investigate neural coding by populations of neurons in the olfactory bulb and in the auditory cortex. Her research contributes to understanding the neurobiological bases of perceptual abilities, such as identifying odors, parsing speech, and enjoying music. While her current focus is on teaching, she plans to maintain and build collaborations with research labs at WVU and beyond.