Patrizia Casaccia

Patrizia Casaccia, M.D. Ph.D., is the founding director of the Neuroscience Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. Her work researching the effects of environmental exposure on brain health and disease adds another strategic discipline of study to the ASRC.

Casaccia’s research at the ASRC focuses on glial cell biology, the study of those cells most common the central nervous system. This research will promote discoveries of new treatments for healthy aging, neurodegenerative disorders and glial tumors. The work done by her lab will utilize state-of-the art molecular and cellular techniques to define key questions in developmental neurobiology and understand the effect of the environment on brain activity and function.

Dr. Casaccia, a professor in the biology faculty at Hunter College, builds on a foundation of excellence in neuroscience research taking place within CUNY. Researchers such as Jack H. Martin (Medical Professor at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, The City College of New York) and Lucas Parra (Herbert Kayser Professor of Biomedical Engineering, CCNY), have been instrumental in elevating the University’s reputation in the national and international scientific community.

Casaccia comes to the ASRC from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she has served as professor with the Department of Neuroscience, Neurology and Department of Genomics and Multiscale Biology and will continue to maintain an affiliation. She also directed the Center of Excellence for Myelin Repair within the Friedman Brain Institute. She will continue to maintain important ties with the Institute, in terms of established scientific collaborations and ongoing clinically relevant research programs that will ultimately enhance knowledge on brain repair.