Parekh Center for Interdisciplinary Neurology Lead Investigators
At NYU Langone’s Parekh Center for Interdisciplinary Neurology, our researchers conduct research into the cross-disease drivers of pathology. In particular, we study peripheral influences on the central nervous system via immune cells and the microbiome, and central nervous system–resident non-neuronal mechanisms driven by glial cells. These insights will provide new therapeutic approaches with wide applications across neurodegenerative conditions.
The following researchers participate as members of the center and contribute to the Parekh Center for Interdisciplinary Neurology’s mission:
Leigh E. Charvet, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone. Her lab uses noninvasive brain stimulation therapies and other emerging technologies to reduce symptom burden and to restore cognitive and motor function.
Orrin Devinsky, MD, is director of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, chief of the NYU Langone epilepsy service, and professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. His research examines cannabidiols as a therapeutic treatment for epilepsy, and he also performs significant work on sudden unexplained deaths in children (SUDC).
Biyu J. He, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience and Physiology, and Radiology, and a member of the Neuroscience Institute. Together with Dr. Eric K. Oermann, Dr. He uses artificial intelligence models and approaches to bridge neural and computational understanding of human perception and perceptual disorders, including post-traumatic stress syndrome and anxiety.
Horacio Kaufmann, MD, is the Felicia B. Axelrod Professor of Dysautonomia Research in the Department of Neurology, director of the Division of Autonomic Disorders and its Autonomic Disorders Fellowship, director of NYU Langone’s Dysautonomia Center, and a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. His research focuses on autonomic disorders that are caused by genetic and neurodegenerative conditions.
Xin Li, PhD, is an associate professor of molecular pathobiology at NYU College of Dentistry and has an interest in both glia and immune cells. Dr. Li is invested in building her research program, and focuses on connections between aging and diabetes, which presents exciting options for deciphering the contribution of immune dysfunction and inflammation to this space. Dr. Li also has an active collaboration with Claude Steriade, MD.
Thong C. Ma, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone. Dr. Ma is interested in understanding brain circuitry plasticity in Parkinson’s disease using mouse models. He studies disease mechanisms of synucleinopathies such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy by molecular and cellular characterization of neuronal, immune cells using patient-derived tissues such as gastrointestinal biopsies and autopsy brains to generate hypotheses for testing in experimental models.
Arjun V. Masurkar, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience and Physiology. Dr. Masurkar’s research applies a bench-to-bedside approach to improve the detection, tracking, and treatment of early Alzheimer’s disease. His laboratory team leverages translational neurobiology methods to understand early Alzheimer’s disease mechanisms at molecular, neural circuit, and in vivo population levels in order to improve biomarkers and uncover novel drug targets.
Eric K. Oermann, MD, is an assistant professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiology. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons, as well as the co-founder of the Medical Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration Hub.
Dmitry Rinberg, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology and member of the Neuroscience Institute. He studies the representation of odors at different stages of neural processing and how spatiotemporal neural codes are read by the brain to evoke behavior.
Alcibiades J. Rodriguez, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and director of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center—Sleep Center and its Epilepsy SLEEP Lab. Dr. Rodriguez’s research focuses on the effect of seizures and epilepsy on sleep.
Deepak Saxena, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery and a professor of molecular pathobiology at NYU College of Dentistry. He has extensive experience studying the microbiome in the mouth and is looking to expand into the interactions between the microbiome in the gut and neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease. Dr. Saxena has an active collaboration with Dr. Steriade.
Jonas Schluter, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and member of the Institute for Computational Medicine. He performs mathematical modelling of large datasets for meta-analysis and “rational microbiome engineering” that takes advantage of evolutionary theory to better understand the human microbiome as a therapeutic target. He has studied how the gut microbiota influences health and immune system of cancer patients.