baxter lab
glickenhaus laboratory of neuropsychology

Mark Baxter, PhD
PROFESSOR Neuroscience
PROFESSOR Anesthesiology
PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

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My work uses animal models to establish causal links between manipulations of defined neural circuits and behavioral and cognitive functions. After my graduate (PhD in Neurobiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993-97) and postdoctoral training (NIMH, 1997-98), I established an independent research program in neuropsychology and cognitive effects of neurochemical lesions, first as an assistant professor at Harvard University (1998-2003), then at Oxford funded by a senior fellowship from the Wellcome Trust that began in 2004. I was recruited as a tenured faculty member to Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2009 and moved my laboratory from Oxford to New York in January 2010.

Levana Amrock
Anesthesiology Research Fellow

I received my B.S. in Biology from Brandeis University in 2009. I am currently a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, completing a scholarly year as a research fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology. As a member of the Baxter Lab, I am investigating the neurotoxic and morphologic changes induced by neonatal anesthetic exposure.

Phillip Browning

Philip Browning, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

I completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Oxford in 2006 studying the neuropsychological effects of brain lesions in animal models. I continued this work as a postdoc by looking at how regions of the frontal and temporal lobes contribute to the generation of complex behaviors characteristic of nonhuman primates, how selective lesions can reveal the cognitive structure of distinct memory processes and how associated cortical and subcortical systems interact to support particular cognitive processes. I moved to Mount Sinai in June 2010 where I am continuing to pursue these interests. I am also interested in expanding the range of standard cognitive tasks traditionally used to assess learning, memory and decision-making.

Sydney Jacobs
Associate Researcher I

I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida State University. During my time there, I began assisting with neuroscience research, namely examining pharmacological mechanisms that affect learning and cognitive function. I am now currently working with the Baxter team to research the neural mechanisms associated with memory. My main interest within the neuroscience field includes learning and memory, and their relationship to different disorders.

Ashley Russo
Graduate Research Assistant

I received my undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 2012. I am a candidate for a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Neurology from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. My former research has focused on neurodegenerative diseases, mainly Alzheimer's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis, and I am currently involved in a study at the Baxter Lab regarding the effects of lesions of the prefrontal cortex. My future goals are to attend medical school and become an MD.

Mathew Starner
PREP Student

I studied Neurobiology at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. During my undergraduate years, I researched Alzheimer's Disease at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which involved work which I presented at a national symposium in 2010. After completing my bachelor's degree, I worked at a clinical laboratory in Phoenix, Arizona, studying immunological responses to wheat products. In the Baxter lab, I'm currently working on how anesthesia exposure during critical development periods can affect learning.

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