Faculty

Interim Chair

Adam Kohn, Ph.D.

Adam Kohn, Ph.D.

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Professor, Department of Systems & Computational Biology

Interim Chair Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Isidor Tachna Professor in Ophthalmology

718.430.2417

Areas of Research: My lab studies visual processing, with a focus on issues of rapid cortical plasticity, population coding, and inter-areal communication. We use neurophysiological, computational and behavioral methods in our work.

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Lab Heads

Myles Akabas, M.D., Ph.D.

Myles Akabas, M.D., Ph.D.

718.430.3360

Areas of Research: Malaria parasite membrane transport physiology; mechanisms of purine, phosphate, and drug transport; development of novel antimalarial drugs that target the primary malaria purine import transporter and the phosphate transporter.

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Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., Ph.D.

Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Chair Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dorothy and Marty Silverman Chair in Psychiatry

718.430.3080

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Michael Aschner, Ph.D.

Michael Aschner, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Harold & Muriel Block Chair in Molecular Pharmacology

Director, Einstein Center of Toxicology

718.430.2317

Areas of Research: Mechanisms of mercury- and manganese-induced neurotoxicity, genetic factors associated with mercury and manganese toxicity, the role of dopamine signaling in susceptibility of dopaminergic neurodegeneration, metals in restless legs syndrome, neurotoxicolo

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Anita E. Autry, Ph.D.

Anita E. Autry, Ph.D.

718.430.2370

Areas of Research: Our research projects are focused on understanding the neural circuits that regulate social behaviors, particularly parenting.

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Praveen Ballabh, M.D.

Praveen Ballabh, M.D.

718.430.3853

Areas of Research: Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in premature infants (rabbit model, mouse model and autopsy), Effect of prematurity on brain development, Effect of IVH in interneurons, Effect of IVH on blood brain barrier development, Hydrocephalus

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Renata A. Batista-Brito, Ph.D.

Renata A. Batista-Brito, Ph.D.

718.430.8507

Areas of Research: Cortical development. Inhibitory circuits. Visual processing. Neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Aviv Bergman, Ph.D.

Aviv Bergman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Systems & Computational Biology

Professor, Department of Pathology

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Chair Department of Systems & Computational Biology

Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Systems & Computational Biology

Director, Albert Einstein Institute for Advanced Study in the Life Sciences

718.678.1063

Areas of Research: My research agenda addresses quantitative problems in evolutionary systems and developmental biology by using a combination of computational, mathematical and experimental tools, as it pertains to complex traits.

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Hannes E. Buelow, Ph.D.

Hannes E. Buelow, Ph.D.

718.430.3621

Areas of Research: Neural patterning with a focus on extracellular matrices using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans; Glycosaminoglycans in development as well as health and disease.

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Pablo E. Castillo, M.D., Ph.D.

Pablo E. Castillo, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Neuroscience

718.430.3263

Areas of Research: Synaptic transmission and plasticity in the mammalian brain. Synaptic dysfunction in experimental models of Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia and drug abuse.

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Streamson C. Chua, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Streamson C. Chua, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

718.430.2986

Areas of Research: Hypothalamic regulation of energy balance and feeding; Melanocortin regulation of fertility and reproduction; FGF signaling and glucose control; Leptin and leptin receptor models of obesity and diabetes;

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Ruben Coen-Cagli, Ph.D.

Ruben Coen-Cagli, Ph.D.

718.678.1150

Areas of Research: We study neural computation to understand how the brain controls perceptual experience. Topics: neural coding and perception of natural images; neural variability and perceptual uncertainty; information coding and transmission; image/video segmentation.

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Tim Q. Duong, Ph.D.

Tim Q. Duong, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Radiology (Research)

Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Vice Chair for Research Department of Radiology

718.920.5113

Areas of Research: METHODS: medical imaging, MRI, image analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, and predictive modeling. DISEASES: COVID-19, clinical neuroscience, multiple sclerosis, brain injuries, neurodegeneration (AD/MCI), breast cancer.

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Emad N. Eskandar, M.D.

Emad N. Eskandar, M.D.

Professor, The Leo M. Davidoff Department of Neurological Surgery

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Chair The Leo M. Davidoff Department of Neurological Surgery

Jeffrey P. Bergstein Chair in Neurological Surgery The Leo M. Davidoff Department of Neurological Surgery

David B. Keidan Chair of Neurological Surgery The Leo M. Davidoff Department of Neurological Surgery

718.920.7099

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John J. Foxe, Ph.D.

John J. Foxe, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Developmental Medicine)

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Director of Research of the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center Department of Pediatrics

718.862.1822

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Anna Francesconi, Ph.D.

Anna Francesconi, Ph.D.

718.430.2258

Areas of Research: Functions of metabotropic glutamatergic signaling in neuronal plasticity and homeostasis; impact of mGluR-interacting proteins and lipids on synaptic functions in animal models of Fragile X syndrome, intellectual disability and schizophrenia

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Lloyd D. Fricker, Ph.D.

Lloyd D. Fricker, Ph.D.

718.430.4225

Areas of Research: Neuropeptides and other peptides that function in intercellular and intracellular signaling; peptidases that generate biologically active peptides.

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Aristea S. Galanopoulou, M.D., Ph.D.

Aristea S. Galanopoulou, M.D., Ph.D.

718.430.3791

Areas of Research: Development of antiepileptogenic and disease modifying therapies for post-traumatic epilepsies; Mechanisms and treatments for epileptic encephalopathies; age and sex specific epileptogenesis; models of lissencephaly

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J. Tiago Goncalves, Ph.D.

J. Tiago Goncalves, Ph.D.

718.430.8524

Areas of Research: Adult neurogenesis; Neuronal development; Learning and Memory; Aging; Memory; In vivo Imaging; Stem Cells

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David H. Hall, Ph.D.

David H. Hall, Ph.D.

718.430.2195

Areas of Research: Connectomics, ciliogenesis, genetic control of axon guidance, axonal transport, and neuronal cell fate in Caenorhabditis elegans, tubulogenesis in nematode epithelia, anatomy of aging in nematode tissues, new methods in EM

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Jean M. Hebert, Ph.D.

Jean M. Hebert, Ph.D.

718.430.3494

Areas of Research: Devising methods of cell and tissue replacement for the adult neocortex to repair damage or age-related degeneration.

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Bryen A. Jordan, Ph.D.

Bryen A. Jordan, Ph.D.

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Director, Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

718.430.2675

Areas of Research: Synaptic plasticity; RNA transport and local translation; synapse-to-nucleus signaling; Proteomic analysis of synaptic junctions; Neurodevelopmental disorders; ANKS1B neurodevelopmental syndrome.

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Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D.

Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D.

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Florence and Irving Rubinstein Chair in Neuroscience

718.430.3794

Areas of Research: Cerebellar physiology and function; Motor coordination and movement disorders; Cerebellar contribution to non-motor functions, Autism, schizophrenia, addiction and migraine; Neuronal Excitability and Synaptic transmission

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Peri Kurshan, Ph.D.

Peri Kurshan, Ph.D.

718.430.3631

Areas of Research: synaptic development, synaptogenesis, synapse function, molecular neuroscience, cellular neurobiology, synaptic cell biology, C. elegans, genetics, development

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Herbert M. Lachman, M.D.

Herbert M. Lachman, M.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professor, Department of Medicine (Oncology & Hematology)

Associate Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics

718.430.2428

Areas of Research: We use induced pluripotent stem cell technology to study the molecular basis of schizophrenia, autism, and neurodevelopmental disorders by RNA-seq and proteomics. Patient-specific lines and isogenic knockout lines, generated by CRISP-Cas9 are used. We st

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Mark F. Mehler, M.D.

Mark F. Mehler, M.D.

Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Chair The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Alpern Family Foundation Chair in Cerebral Palsy Research

Director, Institute for Brain Disorders and Neural Regeneration

718.430.3543

Areas of Research: Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Epigenetics and Evolutionary Biology Developmental Pathogenesis of Neurodegenerative Diseases Cytokine Biology/Signal Transduction Pathways Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Autism/ASD)

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Sophie Molholm, Ph.D.

Sophie Molholm, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Developmental Medicine)

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Co-Director, Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

Muriel and Harold Block Faculty Scholar in Mental Illness Department of Pediatrics

718.862.1823

Areas of Research: attention multisensory integration sensory and perceptual processing executive function

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Solomon L. Moshe, M.D.

Solomon L. Moshe, M.D.

Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Charles Frost Chair in Neurosurgery and Neurology

Director, Department of Pediatrics Division of Neurology

Director, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology Clinical Neurophysiology

Director, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology The Isabelle Rapin Division of Child Neurology

718.430.2447

Areas of Research: Studies include of antiepileptogenesis following traumatic brain injury, intractable age specific epilepsies and their consequences, and subcortical circuits involving the control of seizures. Model development.

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Saleem M. Nicola, Ph.D.

Saleem M. Nicola, Ph.D.

718.430.2667

Areas of Research: Neural basis of reward-seeking behavior, decision-making and drug addiction

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Jose L. Pena, M.D., Ph.D.

Jose L. Pena, M.D., Ph.D.

718.430.4088

Areas of Research: We investigate how the brain selects relevant features of the environment to encode information efficiently. We study hearing in birds, using their specialized behaviors to elucidate fundamental principles of brain function.

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Alberto E. Pereda, M.D., Ph.D.

Alberto E. Pereda, M.D., Ph.D.

718.430.3405

Areas of Research: Synaptic transmission; properties and plasticity of gap junction-mediated electrical synapses; functional interactions between chemical and electrical synapses.

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Jelena Radulovic, M.D., Ph.D.

Jelena Radulovic, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director, Psychiatry Research Institute at Montefiore Einstein (PRIME)

Sylvia and Robert S. Olnick Chair in Neuroscience

718.430.8510

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Rachel A. Ross, M.D., Ph.D.

Rachel A. Ross, M.D., Ph.D.

718.430.3134

Areas of Research: Stress, autonomic nervous system, neuroendocrinology, neuropeptides, systems neuroscience, metabolism, nutrient state, sex differences, obesity, eating disorders

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Stephanie Rudolph, Ph.D.

Stephanie Rudolph, Ph.D.

718.430.3120

Areas of Research: Our laboratory explores how neuromodulation and inhibition shape brain circuits related to social communication and motor function. Our research has broad implications for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

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Gary J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Gary J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

718.430.2263

Areas of Research: Obesity/ diabetes, gut-brain neuroendocrine communication in the control of feeding and energy balance, neuronal nutrient sensing, neural control of thermogenesis, lipolysis and gastrointestinal function.

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Julie Secombe, Ph.D.

Julie Secombe, Ph.D.

718.430.2698

Areas of Research: Chromatin and gene expression; KDM5 histone demethylase-regulated transcription; KDM5-mediated intellectual disability; Linking Myc to activation of transposons and aging.

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David J. Sharp, Ph.D.

David J. Sharp, Ph.D.

718.430.3463

Areas of Research: We study the roles of microtubules in cell division, motility and morphogenesis. We are developing therapeutics that target microtubule regulators to enhance wound healing, neural regeneration and cardiovascular disease.

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Robert H. Singer, Ph.D.

Robert H. Singer, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Anatomy & Structural Biology

Chair Emeritus Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology

Co-Director, Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center

Co-Director, Integrated Imaging Program

718.430.8646

Areas of Research: We study single mRNA molecules from cradle to grave in single living cells using high resolution imaging. We develop trafficking microscopy and approaches to image RNA using fluorescent probes to visualize and quantify mRNA.

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Lucas L. Sjulson, M.D., Ph.D.

Lucas L. Sjulson, M.D., Ph.D.

718.430.2453

Areas of Research: Dr. Sjulson is a physician and neuroscientist who studies decision-making and drug addiction in rodent models using a broad approach that incorporates cutting edge methods from systems, computational, and molecular neuroscience.

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Sylvia O. Suadicani, Ph.D.

Sylvia O. Suadicani, Ph.D.

718.430.3225

Areas of Research: Urogenital Dysfunction in Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Estrogen Deficiency, Aging, Overactive & Underactive Bladder, Female Sexual Dysfunction; Chronic Pelvic Pain; Interstitial Cystitis; Bladder Cancer

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Elyse S. Sussman, Ph.D.

Elyse S. Sussman, Ph.D.

718.430.3313

Areas of Research: Neurobiology of auditory perception, attention, and memory; human electrophysiology; neural adaptation; multisensory interactions in perception; changes in auditory cognition across the lifespan; neurodevelopmental disorders

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Vytautas Verselis, Ph.D.

Vytautas Verselis, Ph.D.

718.430.3680

Areas of Research: Sensorineural syndromic deafness; biophysical characterization of mutant connexin channels; mouse models with altered Cx hemichannel function; development of pharmacological agents for treatment; mathematical modeling of Cx channels in the nervous system.

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Steven U. Walkley, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Steven U. Walkley, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology

Professor Emeritus, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Co-Director, Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

718.430.4025

Areas of Research: Pathobiology and treatment of genetic brain diseases

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Duncan W. Wilson, Ph.D.

Duncan W. Wilson, Ph.D.

718.430.2305

Areas of Research: Cell biology of neurotropic viruses. Mechanisms of assembly and motor-driven traffic of viruses in neurons and axons. Super-resolution imaging and correlative light and electron microscopy of viruses in fractionated neurons.

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Yunlei Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Yunlei Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

718.430.8570

Areas of Research: Deciphering central and peripheral processes that govern energy metabolism and glucose homeostasis as well as affective behaviors by using combined coordinated neuroscience methods and metabolic tools (Neuron, Glia, Obesity, Diabetes, depression, Anxiety)

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Deyou Zheng, Ph.D.

Deyou Zheng, Ph.D.

718.678.1217

Areas of Research: Bioinformatics and systems genomics; gene regulatory networks; cancer; brain disorders; embryonic heart and neural development.

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R. Suzanne Zukin, Ph.D.

R. Suzanne Zukin, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

F. M. Kirby Chair in Neural Repair and Protection

Director, Neuropsychopharmacology Center

Areas of Research: Regulation of synaptic function and plasticity in response to external cues including neuronal insults, maternal deprivation, and stress, via epigenetic mechanisms. Altered signaling at the synapse in mouse models of autism.

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Emeritus

Joseph C. Arezzo, Ph.D.

Joseph C. Arezzo, Ph.D.

718.430.2408

Areas of Research: Studies of peripheral neuropathy in mice, rats, and monkeys. Spinal Cord and cortical cord physiology. EEG studies of seizure and pre-seizure patterns Assessment of toxic neuropathies Human multicenter clinical trials

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Thaddeus A. Bargiello, Ph.D.

Thaddeus A. Bargiello, Ph.D.

718.430.2408

Areas of Research: Structure-function relations and voltage-driven conformational changes of connexin ion channels by combined electrophysiological, biochemical, structural and computational approaches.

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Scott W. Emmons, Ph.D.

Scott W. Emmons, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

718.430.3130

Areas of Research: C. elegans connectomics; nervous system development; specification of synaptic connectivity, neural cell adhesion proteins; sexual dimorphism of the nervous system.

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Donald S. Faber, Ph.D.

Donald S. Faber, Ph.D.

718.430.2511

Areas of Research: Basic mechanisms, regulation and plasticity of synaptic transmission, microcircuits and behavior, intrinsic membrane properties, neurodegeneration and murine models of nervous system disorders.

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Mitchell Steinschneider, M.D., Ph.D.

Mitchell Steinschneider, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology (Pediatric Neurology)

Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics

Professor Emeritus, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

718.430.4115

Areas of Research: auditory cortex; intracranial electrophysiology; humans; non-human primates; speech; language; complex sound processing

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Other faculty

Coralie Berthoux, Ph.D.

Coralie Berthoux, Ph.D.

718.430.3262

Areas of Research: Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission and plasticity under physiological and pathological conditions, such as epilepsy, drug abuse and autism

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Lucy L. Brown, Ph.D.

Lucy L. Brown, Ph.D.

718.430.3728

Areas of Research: Basal ganglia neuroanatomy and function; Reward systems; Neuroscience of romantic love and attachment

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Andres E. Chavez Navarrete, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Andres E. Chavez Navarrete, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Areas of Research: Neuromodulation of synaptic transmission under physiological and pathological conditions, such as retinal and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Eno Ebong, Ph.D.

Eno Ebong, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

617.373.8744

Areas of Research: Studying the means by which endothelial cell mechanotransduction occurs in order to prevent or promote diseases associated with the vasculature, including atherosclerosis, cancer metastasis, and neurodegenerative conditions.

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Yonatan I. Fishman, Ph.D.

Yonatan I. Fishman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Co-Director, Nervous System and Human Behavior Course

718.430.2904

Areas of Research: Cortical mechanisms of auditory perception

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Vilma Gabbay, M.D.

Vilma Gabbay, M.D.

845.398.6569

Areas of Research: Dr. Gabbay's primary areas of research include multimodal studies of adolescent depression and reward deficits, the comorbidity of depression and substance use people living with HIV, and neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19.

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Maria E. Gulinello, Ph.D.

Maria E. Gulinello, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

718.430.4042

Areas of Research: Behavioral neuroscience , biological basis of behavior, cognition, social behavior, emotion, pain and analgesia, anxiety, depression, ultrasonic vocalizations

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Laura A. Herndon, Ph.D.

Laura A. Herndon, Ph.D.

718.430.2195

Areas of Research: C. elegans, Aging, Muscles, Nervous System, Degeneration

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Dumitru A. Iacobas, Ph.D.

Dumitru A. Iacobas, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

936.261.9926

Areas of Research: - neurogenomics - cardiogenomics - cancer genomics - mathematical modeling of complex biosystems

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Teresa Jover-Mengual, Ph.D.

Teresa Jover-Mengual, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Visiting Associate Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

718.430.2160

Areas of Research: Molecular and cellular events in the cascade of ischemic brain damage and neuroprotection in experimental stroke animal models.

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Soyoun Kim, Ph.D.

Soyoun Kim, Ph.D.

718.430.4271

Areas of Research: Goal-directed decision process, Learning and Memory, Corticostriatal circuit

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Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D.

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Radiology (Neuroradiology)

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Adjunct Associate Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

212.305.1948

Areas of Research: Neuroimaging, MRI, Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Image Processing and Analysis, Diffusion Imaging of White Matter Microstructure, Cognitive Dysfunction, Clinical Investigation, MRI Safety, COVID-19

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Marta A. Miquel, Ph.D.

Marta A. Miquel, Ph.D.

718.430.3795

Areas of Research: Cerebellum and addiction; Addiction and neuroplasticity; neuropharmacology of alcohol.

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Farzan Nadim, Ph.D.

Farzan Nadim, Ph.D.

718.430.3795

Areas of Research: Central Pattern Generation Neuromodulation of neural circuits Axonal propagation dynamics

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Alma Rodenas-Ruano, Ph.D.

Alma Rodenas-Ruano, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

212.636.7043

Areas of Research: My research aims to understanding how experience tunes the formation and refinement of synaptic connections. I'm particularly interested in how epigenetic modifications triggered by the environment impact synaptic function.

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Jose Rodriguez-Alvarez, Ph.D.

Jose Rodriguez-Alvarez, Ph.D.

718.430.3263

Areas of Research: Mechanisms involved in synaptic dysfunction and neuronal death in neurodegenerative diseases.

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Renato Rozental, M.D., Ph.D.

Renato Rozental, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

718.430.2537

Areas of Research: Mechanisms by which neurons survive within the penumbra following asphyxia, ischemia and TBI. Development of new therapeutic tools (biotechnology) to treat neurological patients in in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

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Eliana Scemes, Ph.D., M.S.

Eliana Scemes, Ph.D., M.S.

914.594.4028

Areas of Research: The Scemes' Lab studies CNS disorders involving purinergic signaling and gap junctional communication. Projects are: Astrocyte gap junctions and the blood brain barrier; Glia-neuronal pannexins in epilepsy and pain.

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Heather Snell, Ph.D.

Heather Snell, Ph.D.

Areas of Research: Cerebellar contribution to motor impairments, such as ataxia and dystonia, and cognitive disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Randy F. Stout, Ph.D.

Randy F. Stout, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

718.430.2537

Areas of Research: My research is on the gap junctions that connect astrocytes and oligodendrocytes to support neuron function and contribute to information processing.

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Young J. Yoon, Ph.D.

Young J. Yoon, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

718.430.2836

Areas of Research: Mechanisms of dendritic RNA localization and local protein synthesis; structural plasticity of spines; single molecule imaging of RNA and proteins; visualizing intracellular translation in real-time.

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