neuro


Daniela Schiller

Daniela Schiller, PhD
Lab Director
Assistant Professor Psychiatry
Assistant Professor Neuroscience
MSSM Profile Page
Email: daniela.schiller@mssm.edu

Our research—how emotions are formed in the human brain—is situated within the critical link between animal models and the clinical population. Our research strategy, therefore, typically relies on fundamental findings in animals. We aim to collect, through collaborative projects, parallel findings in animals and humans and examine cross species similarities.

Rita Tavares

Rita Tavares, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: rita.tavares@mssm.edu

Using my background on cellular and molecular biology, I am studying possible pharmacological approaches targeting fear memory reconsolidation. In general, I am interested in emotion driven responses that can be used as measures of well being. I am also interested in how social interactions relate with well being.

Philipp Homan, MD, PhD

Philipp Homan, MD, PhD
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Email: philipp.homan@mssm.edu

My research interest is the involvement of consciousness in the acquisition and distinction of fear. Fear distinction without awareness may hold therapeutic potential in patients with anxiety disorders. I am therefore excited to study the neural correlates of nonconscious fear updating mechanisms in healthy subjects and patients with anxiety disorders.

Avi Mendelsohn

Avi Mendelsohn, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: ave.mendelsohn@mssm.edu

My primary interest is to unveil neuroplasticity processes promoted by ongoing neurofeedback and to explore consequent changes in emotional learning and memory retrieval in humans at the behavioral and neural level.

Dorothee Bentz, PhD
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Email: dorothee.bentz@mssm.edu

I am interested in research at the interface between cognitive neuroscience and clinical psychology. My overall goal is to translate research from basic neuroscience into clinical applications. Currently I am working on projects about fear memory reconsolidation in healthy humans and patients with anxiety disorders.

Kate Collins

Kate Collins
Graduate Student
Email: kate.collins@mssm.edu

I am interested in the neural mechanisms subsuming emotion regulation and dysregulation. Presently, I am studying the neurocircuits and neurotransmitter systems involved in human avoidance behavior.

Marianne Reddan

Marianne Reddan
Lab Manager
Research Coordinator
Email: marianne.reddan@mssm.edu

As an undergraduate in the Lab of Elizabeth Phelps, I worked with Catherine Hartley to study how fear expression can be modulated by an experience of behavioral control. Here at Mount Sinai, I am eager to further my understanding of emotion and memory. In the future, I would like to investigate emotional learning in relation to empathy.

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson
Research Coordinator
Email: christopher.thompson@mssm.edu

As an undergraduate in the lab of Dr. Uri Hasson at Princeton, I studied the neuroscience of interpersonal communication. Specifically, I investigated the neural responses that are shared among individuals across language translation. I am looking forward to expanding my horizons at Mount Sinai by studying memory and emotion.

Lee Lau

Hsien Lee Lau
Research Coordinator
Email: h.lee.lau@mssm.edu

Previously, I studied the genetic and molecular mechanisms of enhancing/disrupting memory in C. elegans. I have extended my interest to humans. I am interested in how fear memories are formed and how to alter and disrupt existing maladaptive memories in healthy and clinical populations (anxiety disorders such as PTSD and specific phobias).