Department of Neuroscience

The Fishberg Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai investigates the nervous system at the molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral levels. We conduct collaborative research in several nationally and internationally recognized laboratories, and are currently ranked third for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding in the United States.

Our faculty continuously seeks to further neuroscience education, and conducts a large portion of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ neuroscience multidisciplinary training

We collaborate with other academic departments to provide initiatives such as joint seminars, residency programs, and postdoctoral fellowships. We also have multidisciplinary research collaborations with the Departments of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Psychiatry, and Neurology.

Our department also includes the Kastor Neurobiology of Aging Laboratories, a research program dedicated to studying the aging brain.

The Friedman Brain Institute hosts a Neuroscience Retreat held in the spring of each year. Neuroscience is multidisciplinary by nature and, reflecting this, the scientists and physicians that contribute to the neurosciences at Mount Sinai hail from a variety of departments and campuses. The Retreat provides an opportunity for everyone in the Neuroscience community at Mount Sinai - faculty, fellows, students, researchers and clinicians - to meet and discuss their work in order to increase awareness of ongoing research and approaches, to foster new interactions, and to generate novel ideas.

The Friedman Brain Institute at Mount Sinai is deeply committed to promoting brain health by sharing our expertise with our partners and local community. In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai (MiNDS), with support from the Friedman Brain Institute and the Center for Excellence in Youth Education at Mount Sinai, is hosts an annual Brain Awareness Fair for local students, their parents, and community members.

Diversity in Neuroscience is a Town Hall that initiates a discussion on  how to formulate positive steps by which we can make progress in the area around diversity issues in science. Compared with two decades ago, women are now well represented, however, despite these gains, we still have a small number of senior women faculty and far fewer faculty from under-represented minority groups—at Mount Sinai and nationwide. Recent studies continue to document implicit biases in the scientific workplace, and concerns remain around quality of life issues and obstacles to faculty retention and promotion that affect everyone. 

Our Neuroscience graduate program provides rigorous, multidisciplinary and highly collaborative training that emphasizes translational and transformative discoveries about the molecules, cells, circuits and behaviors that constitute nervous system function in health and disease.  Here you will find a world-class faculty spanning multiple Departments, Institutes and Centers who investigate brain structure and function in a variety of model systems (e.g. worms, flies, rodents, non-human primates), as well as the human brain itself, using sophisticated approaches that are at the forefront of technological and conceptual advances.