About CDN Faculty

The core faculty members of the CDN are outstanding scientists of international recognition, extremely productive, that are deeply committed to advance knowledge in the field of neuroscience. They have published a significant number of scientific articles in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals and organized and participated in numerous international symposia, scientific meetings, conferences, panels, round tables, etc., contributing not only to the scientific advancement of the field but also to create awareness in the community.

Professors from CDN have also mentored many students from all academic levels contributing greatly to the neuroscience education in Staten Island. CDN Faculty have educated neuroscientists of such caliber that they have gone on to successful careers at CUNY, SUNY Downstate, Harvard University, University of Chicago, Washington University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Albert Einstein College, MIT, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, NYU and the New York State Institute for Basic Research (IBR).


Faculty and their Research Interests

Zaghloul Ahmed
Professor, Physical Therapy
Neuronal injury and repair, electromagnetic stimulation, rehabilitative techniques and devices

Alejandra del Carmen Alonso
Professor, Department of Biology
Mechanisms of neurodegeneration in diseases

Probal Banerjee
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Neurobiology and neurochemistry

Patricia J. Brooks
Professor, Psychology Department
Language learning in psychology

Darlynne Devenny
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology
Developmental psychology, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, Down Syndrome

Carl Dobkin
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology
Human Genetics, Molecular genetics, fragile X syndrome

Abdeslem El-Idrissi
Professor and Chair, Department of Biology
Synaptic plasticity and mechanisms of epileptogenecity

William L’Amoreaux
Professor, Department of Biology
Biology of the retina, neuroendocrinology related diabetes.

Dan McCloskey
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Patterns of activity in brain under normal conditions and in neurological and psychological disease

Greg Phillips
Interim Director, Center for Developmental Neuroscience Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Synaptic development, Intracellular trafficking, Cell adhesion

Chang-Hui Shen
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Molecular aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders

Andrzej Wieraszko
Professor, Department of Biology
Synaptic plasticity in the brain

Associated Faculty from other Departments at the College of Staten Island

Michael Buccaro
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology
Biomedical materials; Imaging Technology

Sarah Berger
Professor, Department of Psychology
Development of infants' problem-solving skills in the context of locomotion

Leah Cohen
Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry

Maria Knikou
Professor, Physical Therapy
Clinical neurophysiology, sensorimotor integration, corticospinal neuronal pathways, spinal neuronal circuits, H-reflex, TMS, rehabilitation

Edward Meehan
Professor, Department of Psychology
Neuroscience of learning and behavior, learning without awareness, memory and aging

Fred Naider
Professor, Department of Chemistry; Provost, Office of the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Peptide chemistry

Bertram Ploog
Professor, Department of Psychology
Experimental and applied behavior analysis

Sebastien Poget
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Structure of ion channels and modulatory toxins

Timothy Ricker
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
The Working Memory System: How Information is Maintained and Forgotten 

Ming Tang
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Phosphoinositide regulation of ion channels

Richard Veit
Professor, Department of Biology
Vertebrate ecology and behavior, mathematical modeling, biostatistics

Associated Faculty from the Institute for Basic Research

David Bolton
Molecular structure and function of prion proteins


Jeffrey Goodman
Cholinergic Modulation of Penicillin-Induced Epileptiform Activity in the Rat Hippocampus

Yu Wen Hwang
Molecular regulation of neuronal functions, G proteins

Khalid Iqbal
Alzheimer’s disease, neurofibrillary pathology and brain function

Dr. Gholson Lyon
Physician-scientist working in the area of human genetics​

Michael Quinn
Neurotransmitter biochemistry, neuroimmunology

Staff Listing

Teresa Lopez-Soto
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 718-982-3950