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 Neuropathological and is a frequent contributor to the Tau Consortium.


Current members 

Etty Cortes, MD
Assistant Professor




Aaron Bell, PhD
Associate research scientist




Soong Ho Kim, PhD
Associate research scientist




Kurt Farrell, PhD
Post-doctoral research fellow




Keven Strang, PhD
Post-doctoral research fellow




Maxim Signaevski, MD-PhD
Associate research scientist




​Megan Iida
Laboratory manager 




Valeriy Borukhov
Histotechnologist




Tamjeed Sikder
Clinical research co-ordinator




Alicia Casella
Associate researcher




Natalia Han
Masters student





Cheik Sissoko
Masters student





Former Members


Post-doctoral: Bidisha Roy, PhD, Ismael Santa-Maria, PhD, Maria Eugenia Alaniz, PhD, Aya Haggiagi, MD, Marco Hefti, MD,

Masters: Jonathan Kofi Vordzorgbe

Staff: Nelson Humala, Xanthe Gallate

Volunteers: 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, Hadley Walsh, Lia Farrell, Christopher Bellaire, Jessie Laffey, Brian Drittel, Charlotte Fager, Amelia Chen, Yiling Wang,  




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