Ilana Witten graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in physics in 2002, and received her Ph.D. in neurosciences from Eric Knudsen’s lab at Stanford University in 2008. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Karl Deisseroth’s lab in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford. Since 2012, she has been an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology at Princeton University. Her lab studies the neural circuits for reward learning and decision-making, with a focus on the role of dynamics and feedback in these cognitive processes. Her work has been recognized with a Helen Hay Whitney fellowship, Sloan Foundation fellowship, Pew Scholars award, McKnight Scholars Award, NIH New Innovator Award, NARSAD Young Investigator award, and Daniel X. Freedman prize.