Cristina Alberini, professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Structural and Chemical Biology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and has been studying the biological mechanisms of long-term memory for the last 20 years. Her studies explore the biological mechanisms of memory consolidation and reconsolidation, the processes by which newly learned information becomes long-lasting memories, and how memories are modulated and integrated into complex behavioral manifestations. Her studies utilize the basic understandings of the mechanisms of memory formation to unravel how memory becomes an integral part of pathologies like addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Alberini graduated from the University of Pavia in Italy with honors and obtained a doctorate in Research in Immunological Sciences from the University of Genoa in Italy. She trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University, studying the role of gene expression regulation during long-term synaptic plasticity consolidation in Aplysia californica. From 1997 to 2000, she served on the faculty of Brown University before joining Mount Sinai in 2001. She received a Hirschl-Weill Career Scientist Award and NARSAD Independent Investigator Award and the Golgi Medal. She has been a member of the Council of the Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (MCCS) and the society’s Treasurer since 2007. She is the current elected president of MCCS.
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