Message from the Director

Jennifer Borrero

It is my personal pleasure to welcome you to the Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities. Our center originated from the dream of two researchers who wanted to create a research institution dedicated to help people with disabilities and mental disease that would make difference in the community. They also envisioned this center of excellence as a great opportunity to educate students in the field of Neuroscience and promote this discipline in Staten Island. In 1987 a group of faculty from CSI and the Institute for Basic Research made this vision true when the Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities (CDN) was created at the College of Staten Island.

The main goal of our center is to conduct basic and clinical research in the areas of mental diseases, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and brain disease.

The other mission is to provide outstanding education in the field of neuroscience to undergraduate and graduate students in Staten Island.

To achieve these goals, we have gathered a multidisciplinary team of outstanding faculty from diverse fields and departments that include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physical Therapy and Psychology and created the Masters’ Program in Neuroscience. Our Masters’ Program offers a broad interdisciplinary education with courses that include subjects of biology, chemistry, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The program offers students unique research opportunities in cutting-edge laboratories to investigate basic and applied aspects of the normally and abnormally developing brain. Students also participate in retreats, career events and scientific meetings.

At the center we also believe that students should mingle with the community and support their efforts, for that reason, we offer internships and community outreach opportunities. We also believe that everyone deserves the chance to receive an education, and that is why we work very hard to offer financial support for students demonstrating high academic achievement and outstanding community involvement.

We are located in building 6S, room 229 at the College of Staten Island; we are here, with a policy of open doors. We will be thrilled to meet you, answer your questions and help with your needs. At the center, besides high quality education, you will get a place where we will know your name.

Please, come to meet us. Start from searching this webpage. The Masters in Neuroscience is a step forward in your career development. If you need any information, do not hesitate in contacting us!


Dr. Alejandra Alonso
Director of the center for Developmental Neuroscience



Contact Information

Dr. Alejandra Alonso
Building 6S, Room 229
Phone : 718.982.3950 / 718.982.3930
Fax : 718 982-3953
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