Scharfman Lab Welcomes Two New Postdoctoral Fellows

New York – Two new postdoctoral fellows from Europe join the Scharfman Lab.  Dr. Chiara Criscuolo earned a BS and MS in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and completed her PhD in Neurobiology at the Neuroscience Institute of the National Research Council in Pisa, Italy. Remaining in Pisa to do her first postdoc collaboration, Chiara had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, exploring the neurobiology both of Alzheimer’s disease and of visual system development, and investigating new strategies for Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Before joining the Scharfman Lab, she worked at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Neurology.  In her new role at the CDR, Chiara will investigate how sex differences affect the brain in animal models of AD and epilepsy, and the role played by neurotrophic factors and their receptors in the early stages of AD.

Dr. Christos Lisgaras received his Integrated Master’s Degree in Applied Biology and Technology and a PhD in Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He subsequently trained at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he investigated post-traumatic EEG abnormalities and antiepileptogenic treatments as a part of a preclinical consortium. Now a member of the Scharfman Lab, Christos is currently investigating cholinergic aspects of hyperexcitability by using wideband video-EEG and silicone probes, slice electrophysiology and closed-loop optogenetic interventions.