Biography

Education
Year Degree Field Institution
1990 M.Sc.Pharm. (Cand. Pharm.) Pharmacy University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
1997 Ph.D. Pharmacology Loyola University Chicago Medical Center Maywood, Illinois.


Postdoctoral Training
1997-2000 Assistant Research Scientist, Departments of Pathology and Neurology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.


Licensure and Certification
1990 Certificate of Full Registration as a Pharmacist, Iceland, License # 273.


Academic Appointments
2001-2001 Research Assistant Professor of Neurology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.
2001-2008 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pathology, tenure-track. New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.
2008- Associate Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience, and Psychiatry (tenured 09/2011). New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.
2015-present Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, and Psychiatry. New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.


Other Professional Positions and Visiting Appointments
1990 Pharmacist, The Pharmacy of Akranes, Akranes, Iceland.
1990-1991 Pharmacist, Instructor in Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Medicine, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
06-07/2007 Visiting Professor, Universite de Montpellier II, Montpellier, France.
07/2009 Visiting Professor, Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) at Universite de Montpellier II, Montpellier, France.


Awards and Honors
1991 Thor Thors Memorial Fund Fellowship / The American Scandinavian Foundation.
1991-1997 Loyola University Graduate Assistantship.
1994 Alfred Benzon Foundation Award / The Pharmacy of University of Iceland.
1996 Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society.
1998-1999 New York University, Alzheimer’s Disease Center, NIH Pilot Study Grant Award.
2001-2004 Alzheimer’s Association, Investigator Initiated Research Grant Award.
2001-2014 National Institute on Aging, R01 AG020197 Grant Award.
2004-2007 Alzheimer’s Association, Investigator Initiated Research Grant Award.
2007-2010 National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, R21 DK075494 Grant Award.
2008-2012 Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award.
2008-2009 Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Grant Award.
2008-2011 Alzheimer’s Association, Zenith Fellow Grant Award.
2008-2018 National Institute on Aging, R01 AG032611 Grant Award.
2009 Margaret M. Cahn Research Award.
2010-2011 Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Grant Award.
2010-2015 National Institute on Aging, U01 AG033183 Consortium Grant Award.
2010 McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award Finalist (9 finalists out of 104 applicants).
2011-2017 R01 NS77239 Grant Award.
2016 Michael J. Fox Foundation Grant Award.


Major Committee Assignments
2000-2001 Department of Veterans Affairs, External Grant Reviews.
2000- Grant Reviewer for the Alzheimer’s Association.
2002- Scientific Advisory Board, Institute for the Study of Aging.
2007 National Institute of Health, Special Emphasis Panel, ZRG1 BDCN Y 04.
2008- Technology Transfer Sub-Committee of the Science Leadership Committee at New York University School of Medicine.
2008 Grant Reviewer for the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), University Programs.
2008 Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)/ The Association for Frontotemporal Dementias (AFTD) Partnership Panel Review.
2008 ADDF/Elan Partnership Panel Review.
2009- ADDF Panel Reviews.
2009 National Institute of Health, ZRG1 MDCN-G (02) M Study Section.
2009 National Institute of Health, ZRG1 CB-Q (30) Study Section.
2010 National Institute of Health, CMND Study Section, February and May meetings.
2010 National Institute of Health, ZRG1 MDCN-G(91) Study Section.
2011 National Institute of Health, CDIN Study Section, January and June meetings.
2011 Grant Reviewer, Israel Science Foundation.
2011 Grant Reviewer, The French National Research Agency.
2011 National Institute of Health, ZRG1 MDCN-F(03) Study Section.
2012 National Institue of Health, 2013/01 GDD Study Section.
2012 Grant reviewer for the Alberta Prion Research Institute, Canada.
2013 AFAR National Scientific Advisory Council.
2013 National Institute of Health ZRG1 MDCN-N (03) M Study Section.
2013 National Institute of Health2013/10 ZNS1 SRB-N (04)Study Section – EUREKA grants.
2013-2017 National Institute of Health, CMND Study Section, Standing Member.
2014 National Institute of Health, ZAG1 ZIJ-6 (O1) Study Section.
2014-present Lifeboat Foundation, Advisory board.
2015 NYU-Pfizer Center for Therapeutic Innovation - Joint Steering Committee.
2015 Grant Reviewer, Alzheimer's Society United Kingdom.
2015 Grant Reviewer, Parkinson's UK.
2015 Grant Reviewer, Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom.
2015 Grant Reviewer Research Councils UK.

Editorial Positions
Editorship
2003-2005 Editor, Methods in Molecular Biology, Amyloid Proteins:
2009- Editor, Methods in Molecular Biology, Amyloid Proteins: Methods and Protocols, 2nd Edition, Humana Press, Springer, volume 849, March 2012.
2010- Editor-in-Chief, Frontiers in Alzheimer’s Disease, name changed to Frontiers in Neurodegeneration (March 2011), Frontiers Media.

Current Editorial Boards
2008-2011, 2014-2016 Associate Editor, The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, IOS Press
2010- Associate Editor, Frontiers in Neuroscience. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Frontiers in Neurology, Frontiers Media.


Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer
ACS Chemical Neuroscience, Acta Neuropathologica, Alzheimer's & Dementia, Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, Brain, Brain Research, Cell Reports, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, Current Alzheimer Research, Drugs, Drugs & Aging, Experimental Neurology, Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy, Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs, Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets, Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, Expert Review of Vaccines, Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Human Molecular Genetics, Immunotherapy, Investigational Drugs Database, Journal of Alzheimer' Disease, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, Journal of Neuroscience, Lancet, Lancet Neurology, mAbs, Nature Communications, Nature Medicine, Nature Protocols, Nature Reviews Neurology, Neurobiology of Aging, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Letters, Neurotherapeutics, PLoS One, Prion, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery, Science Translational Medicine, Theranostics.


Mentoring of Graduate Students, Residents, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Assistant Professors in Research
Under my direct supervision:
Present:

S. Krishnaswamy Asst. Res. Sci. 01/11 - present
Dov Shamir, Graduate Student 10/11 - present
Erin Congdon Assoc. Res. Sci. 11/11 - present
Yan Lin Res. Asst. Professor 7/13 - present
Swananda Modak, Postdoctoral fellow 9/14 - present
Qian Wu, Asst. Res. Sci. 08/15 - present
Past: Present Position
Ayodeji Asuni Postdoc 10/03 – 10/06  Senior Research Scientist
Thorir Sigmundsson Medical Student 01/04 – 05/04  Anesthesiologist
Julie Eng Medical Student 06/04 – 09/04  Med. Doctor
Johanna Ingadottir M.Sc. Pharm Student 01/07 – 05/07  Pharmacist
Ricardo Osario Postdoc 05/09 –01/10  Asst. Professor
Anne Bertrand Postdoc 10/08 –10/10  Radiologist
Krysti Todd NYU Graduate Student 10/09 –12/09 (rotation) Postdoc
Allal Boutajangout Postdoc. – Res. Ass. Professor 07/05 – 09/12 Assoc. Professor
Sarah Cantor NYU Graduate Student 09/12 – 12/12 (rotation)
Nicolette Cocco NYU Graduate Student 09/12 – 12/12 (rotation)
Pavan Krisnamurthy Postdoc – Instructor 10/07 –09/13  Res. Scientist
Jiaping Gu Postdoc 07/10 – 02/14  Res. Scientist
Devyani Ulja NYU Graduate Student 10/12 – 01/14  (rotation)
Marien Solesio Postdoc 07/13 – 02/14  Postdoc
Suhail Rasool Postdoc 02/12 – 08/14  Res. Scientist
Cassidy Reich NYU Graduate Student 10/14 – 12/14  (rotation)
Megan Gautier NYU Graduate Student 01/15-04/15 (rotation)

NYU’s Honor’s Program dissertation committee:
Farrah Sajan Medical Student 04/10
Sarah Ghobraiel 03/12


Ph.D. dissertation committee:
Present:
Dov Shamir, NYU Sackler Institute Graduate Student.
Jessica Chukwu, NYU Sackler Institute Graduate Student.
Past:
External Reviewer: Michele Kadnar, NYU Sackler Institute Graduate Student, The Complex Prion Domain of Rnq1 Provides Insight into Transmission Barriers and Prion Strain Formation, 2009.
Committee member: Yung Ji, NYU Sackler Institute Graduate Student, μMRI Detection of Amyloid Deposits and Therapeutic Approaches for Their Clearance by Inhibition of ApoE/Amyloid-β Interaction in Alzheimer’s Disease, 2010.
Comittee member: Erika Chang, NYU Sackler Institute Graduate Student, Targeting the Accumulation of Abnormal Protein Conformers as a Therapeutic Approach to Prion and Alzheimer's Diseases, 2011.
Dissertation qualifying exam committee member: Krysti Todd, Sackler Institute Graduate Student.


Other mentoring:
1999- Mentoring students working on laboratory projects for the Intel Prize and the Neuroscience Research Prize, American Academy of Neurology.
2000 Mentoring for the “Minority Undergraduate Summer Collaborative Research Program.”
2010- Mentoring for the Sackler Summer Undergraduate Research Program.