Fatemeh Haghighi

Fatemeh Haghighi, PhD

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Neuroscience

Research Topics:

Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Blood-Brain Barrier, Chromatin, Depression, Epigenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Human Genetics and Genetic Disorders, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Sleep Medicine, Translation

Dr. Haghighi is a Professor of Neuroscience and the Director of the Laboratory of Medical Epigenetics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She obtained her PhD in Statistical Genetics in 2000 and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in 2004, both from Columbia University. Her research is focused on understanding how epigenetic mechanisms contribute to the risk of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Her studies have characterized regional and cell specific epigenetic neuronal profiles during human brain development important in understanding neuropathological alterations in depression and suicidal behavior. Dr. Haghighi is a recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Distinguished Investigator Award.  She is also a Principle Investigator on awards from the National Institute of Health and the US Department of Veteran Affairs.  Her work is highly cited, and featured in national and international scientific publications.


American Board of Preventive Medicine


Anatomic & Clinical Pathology

Multi-Disciplinary Training Areas

Biophysics and Systems Pharmacology [BSP], Genetics and Genomic Sciences [GGS], Neuroscience [NEU]


MD, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Residency, Pathology, Harbor-UCLA

Fellowship, Cytopathology, USC

Fellowship, Pathology, Henry Ford Health System

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