The Scientists

Rachel Yehuda, PhD

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Rachel Yehuda is a pioneer in understanding how the effects of stress and trauma can transmit biologically, beyond cataclysmic events, to the next generation. She’s studied the children of Holocaust survivors and the children of pregnant women who survived the 9/11 attacks. She is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine which includes the PTSD clinical research program and the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has authored more than 250 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD. Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD. She has worked with war veterans, Holocaust survivors, and other trauma victims to gather insights for numerous research papers that detail the biological roots of PTSD.

Daniela Schiller, PhD


Daniella Schiller leads the Schiller Lab for Affective Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  In 2004, as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, she led a groundbreaking study thatfocused on memory reconsolidation. Schiller was the recipient of the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists (2010) for her research on how to rewire the brain to eradicate fear as a response to memory.

Brenda Milner, PhD


Brenda Milner is often referred to as “the founder of neuropsychology.” For nearly three decades, Dr.Milner worked with a patient affectionately known as "HM" who, after brain surgery, lost his ability to convert short-term memory into long-term memory. With meticulous experimentation, Milner discovered and demonstrated that the human brain has multiple memory systems that govern different functions, such as motor skills or language. Her pioneering work contributed to a greater understanding of how the brain works. She is considered to be one of greatest neuroscientists of the 20th century.

Silvana Riggio, M.D.


Silvana Riggio, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is one of only few Mount Sinai physicians to have achieved both “Master Clinician” and “Master Educator’ status. Dr. Riggio is the Medical Director for the NFL Neurological Care Program at Mount Sinai. She serves as an independent Neuro Trauma Consultant for the NFL. She has served on the NYCPS UN Committee on Women Issues around the World and is a member of the NGO Committee on Mental Health.

Karim Nader, PhD


Karim Nader, is a professor at McGill University interested in the neurobiological processes involved in acquiring and storing emotional memories. One of the main areas of research in his lab is the study of memory reconsolidation, how our memories change each time we remember them. The film “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is based on his discoveries. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, CIHR New Investigator, Canadian "Top 40 Under 40" in 2005, and part of Canada's "Who's Who?" in 2010