Cristina M. Alberini

New York University
Biological Sciences

Cristina Alberini is a Professor of Neural Science at NYU. She has dedicated her career to uncovering the molecular bases of learning and memory. Her work has identified a number of critical molecular mechanisms for memory consolidation, reconsolidation and enhancement using rodent models.

Alberini's studies, utilizing invertebrate (Aplysia californica) and mammalian (rat and mouse) systems, have explored the mechanisms of long-term memory formation, stabilization, persistence, and strengthening. Her focus on identifying mechanisms underlying the disruption or enhancement of memories is important for understanding memory in physiological conditions and memory disorders.

The awards Alberini has received include an NIH Merit Award, a McKnight Foundation Cognitive and Memory Disorders Award, and a Hirschl-Weill Career Scientist Award. She is the co-chair of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society and Editor-in-Chief of Hippocampus.

Alberini graduated with Honors from the University of Pavia in Italy and obtained her Doctorate in Research in Immunological Sciences from the University of Genoa. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University and has held faculty positions at Brown University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

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