neuro


Daniela Schiller

Daniela Schiller, PhD
Lab Director
Associate Professor Psychiatry
Associate Professor Neuroscience
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.

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 extinction of fear. Fear extinction 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.

Alison Montagrin

Alison Montagrin, PhD
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Email: alison.montagrin@mssm.edu

My PhD focused on understanding the influence of emotion on memory. More specifically, I tested how goal relevance affects memory. In the Schiller Lab, my research aims to understand how episodic memory is processed over time at neural and psychological levels.

Catarina Saiote

Catarina Saiote, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Email: catarina.saiote@mssm.edu

I use emerging structural MRI and functional MRI methods to study whole-brain dynamics during cognitive processes in several disorders. Currently I’m studying network interactions and mechanisms underlying social interactions in healthy humans and a range of psychiatric conditions.

Denise Croote

Denise Croote
PhD Candidate Research Fellow
Email: denise.croote@icahn.mssm.edu

As an undergraduate in the lab of Alexander Jaworski at Brown I developed and characterized genetic tools for neural circuit mapping in mice. In the Schiller lab, I am interested in studying episodic memory and my research aims to elucidate how memories are organized within the hippocampus.

Nadia Rahman

Nadia Rahman
MS Candidate Research Fellow
Email: nadia.rahman@icahn.mssm.edu

I have always been interested in the intersection of human rights and research. As an undergraduate, I conducted research on acid and burn injuries among victims of human trafficking. After graduating, I participated in research that examined the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. My ultimate goal is to research and develop more effective neurobiological treatments for PTSD

MacKenzie Boatman
High school research intern
Email: mboatman0809@students.ossiningufsd.org

I am currently a rising Junior in high school. I participate in the Advanced Science Research Program at my school. Through this program I will design and conduct an experiment of my own making, with the help and guidance of my mentor here at the Schiller Lab. I am very interested in neuroscience and I am very excited to perform my study throughout the next two years.

PAST MEMEBERS

Rita Tavares

Rita Tavares, PhD
Postdoctoral research fellow

I am interested in understanding how social processing in the brain contributes to overall mental health. I am using a social game to quantify social interactions. I am isolating specific measures of social cognition using computational psychiatry approaches.

Avi Mendelsohn

Avi Mendelsohn, PhD
Postdoctoral research fellow
Current: Faculty member, Department of Neurobiology
University of Haifa

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
Postdoctoral research fellow
Current: Affiliated Postdoctoral Assistant, Psychiatric University Clinics
University of Basel

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, PhD
Graduate student
Current: Postdoctoral fellow, Department Of Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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.

Jingchu Hu

Jingchu Hu
Visiting graduate student
Current: PhD candidate, South China Normal University

I'm a visiting PhD student from South China Normal University. I am interested in the role of reminder in human fear memory reconsolidation and the neural mechanisms underlying different kinds of reactivation. I am also interested in the boundary conditions of fear memory reconsolidation in human beings

Qi Lin

Qi Lin
Lab manager and research coordinator
Current: PhD candidate, Yale University /p>

I received my BA in psychology from New York University, where I studied the flexibility of emotional memory with Dr. Marijn Kroes in the Lab of Elizabeth Phelps. In the Schiller lab, I am exploring how pharmaceutical manipulation affects the flexibility of emotional memory and social cognition in online population.

Marianne Reddan

Marianne Reddan
Lab manager and research coordinator
Current: PhD candidate, University of Colorado at Boulder

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.

Christian Williams

Christian Williams
Research coordinator
Current: PhD candidate, Rutgers University

Kelly Fogelson

Kelly Fogelson
2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Student

I am a rising senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities majoring in neuroscience. Through my research experience at my home institution, in addition to my time in NYU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, I’ve developed my primary research skill set in immunobiology and microbiology. A few of my research interests include memory, the neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric illness, and the integration of information from the fields of bioinformatics, genetics, and neuroscience. After graduation I plan on continuing my studies in neuroscience by pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD.

Jennifer Nam

Jennifer Nam
PhD rotation student
Current: PhD candidate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

During my rotation in the Schiller lab, I was interested in social navigation and searched for factors that might affect one's performance in a social navigation task. I focused on potential connections to stress, spatial reasoning, brain volume, and behavioral measures

Ely Benjamin

Ely Benjamin
PhD rotation student
Current: PhD candidate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

I'm a PhD student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai primarily interested in human cognitive abilities, such as social and emotional processing. My research mainly utilizes functional MRI, with a recent focus on diffusion tensor imaging and high-resolution 7T imaging. My work in the Schiller lab examines the influence of the olfactory system on social biases and judgments; specifically, how associating an unpleasant odor with someone alters brain activity and perception of their motivations, likability, morality.

Yael Grossman

Yael Grossman
PhD rotation student
Current: PhD candidate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

I am currently a graduate student in Mount Sinai School of Medicine. My interests include the different mechanisms by which an individual forms a decision (for example impulsive versus analytical decision making) and how these mechanisms may interact with one another and the environment, and be disrupted during neuropsychiatric disease.

Lee Lau

Hsien Lee Lau
Research coordinator
Current: MD resident, University of Miami

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).

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson
Research coordinator

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.

Lia Cook

Lia Cook
Volunteer, Professional Artist

My current practice incorporates concepts of cloth, touch, and memory. I use the detail, an intimate moment in time, often woven in oversize scale to intensify a shared emotional and sensual experience. I use a digital loom to weave images that are embedded in the structure of cloth. The digital pixel becomes a thread that when interlaced with another becomes both cloth and image at the same time. This woven image brings with it many of the sensual experiences that we associate with cloth. Child hood family snapshot and video stills are some of the raw materials that I draw on to investigate small, intimate details of the body or to capture a fleeting human expression. My practice involves research into new technologies and new ways to translate my images that make the structure visible and physically felt, attempting to create the image as physical object.

SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Abigail Orlando

Abigail Orlando
Volunteer

I am a participant in my high school's Advanced Science Research Program, where I am able to design and implement my own experiment with the guidance of a mentor. I have a strong interest in the field of neuroscience and plan to spend the next two years in the Schiller Lab studying the role of mirror neurons in Social Psychology.

May Yuan

May Yuan
Volunteer

I am currently a senior in Great Neck South High School. I have done research for two years in school, and have experience with recruiting participants and data analysis. My interest lies in affect and social cognition—does emotion influence how we see the world around us? Currently, my project is on how disgust affects social attributions, using FAE (fundamental attribution error) as a model.

scott berger Scott Berger
Volunteer

I am currently a junior attending Ossining High School and participating in a Science Research class. For the next two years I will be able to carry out my own experiment in the Schiller Lab and collect data to present at various competitions. I have always loved science and this is a great opportunity to do what most high school kids don't get to experience.
caroline overacker Caroline Overacker
Volunteer

I am currently a junior in the Science Research Program at my high school where I can design my own research topic with the guidance of a mentor. I am interested in what role postnatal factors (e.g. parental bonding) play in fear learning processes (e.g. fear memory reconsolidation).