Kristen Whitney, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Natalia Han, MS
Data Analyst
Medical Data Analytics
Alicia Casella
Medical Student University of Miami


Ismael Santa-Maria Perez, PhD Assistant Professor
Columbia University
Soong Ho Kim, PhD
Senior Scientist
​​​John Crary, MD-PhD
Principal Investigator

Dr. Crary, a Brooklyn native, went to high school at Saint Ann's School.  Subsequently, he went to college at Brown University and majored in neuroscience.  This is where he fell in love with brain research, conducting a project looking at NMDA mediated pain processing in the trigeminal system with Dr. David Bereiter.  Later, he received is MD-PhD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, working under Drs. Todd Sacktor (Neurology/Pharmacology) and Suzanne Mirra (Pathology).  It is at this time that he developed a strong interest in the neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease, particularly neurofibrillary type degeneration.  His thesis research highlighted a unique pattern of neurofibrillary degeneration in the limbic system that is associated with an atypical protein kinase C isoform.  Later, Dr. Crary did his residency and fellowship training in neuropathology at Columbia University Medical Center and stayed on as an assistant professor under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Shelanski.  Here, he conducted seminal work that led to the description of primary age-related tauopathy (PART).  In 2014, Dr. Crary established a new neuropathology laboratory at Mount Sinai to continue this work and expand it to other neurodegenerative tauopathies, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy and progressive supranuclear palsy.  Dr. Crary has numerous federal and foundation grants to study these diseases.  Dr. Crary is a member of the editorial board of Acta Neuropathologica and is a frequent contributor to the Tau Consortium.

Current members 

Gabriel Marx
Medical Student
Hadley Walsh
Medical Student

Valeriy Borukhov 
Megan Iida
Medical Student
University of Michigan
Alessandra Cervera
Research Intern
Diana Dangoor
Associate Researcher


Bidisha Roy, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Tennessee
Kurt Farrell, PhD
Max Signaevski
Precise Medical Diagnostics
Kofi Vordzorgbe, MS
Medical Student
Emory School of Medicine
Andy McKenzie, MD-PhD
Psychiatry Resident
Nabil Tabish, MD
Pathology Resident 
Geisinger Medical Center

Staff: Nelson Humala, Tamjeed Sikder

Volunteers: Mina Shah, Brianna Gordon, Abdul Qadeer, Adam Illowsky, Katleen Lozada, Sreshta Paranji, Thomas Richards, Ryan Cohen, Maria Rampersaud, Theresa Li, Erica Lee, Tony  Chung, Ryan Lubarsky, Elizabeth Sack, Alex von Riesemann, Hannah Monack, Zahin Quayyum, Hilledna Gregoire, Michael Bagnell, Ryan Lubarsky, Marie Stefania, William Cheung, Daniel Koenigsberg, Betzabet Monica Giron, Christopher Bellaire, Jessie Laffey, Brian Drittel, Charlotte Fager, Amelia Chen, Yiling Wang  
Sandra Schnackenberg
Special Operations Manager
Etty Cortes, MD
Assistant Professor
Emma Woodoff-Leith
Associate Researcher
Xanthe Gallate
Medical Student
Icahn School of Medicine

Marco Hefti, MD
Assistant Professor University of Iowa
Aaron Bell, PhD
Bio-EM Scientist
North Carolina State University

Eugenia Alaniz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College
Kevin Strang, PhD
Jefferies LLC

Aya Haggiagi, MD
Assistant Professor
Columbia University