S. Abid Hussaini, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at the Taub Institute at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. I received my PhD in Neurobiology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. I worked on honeybee olfaction and sleep under the guidance of Dr. Randolf Menzel. My postdoctoral training was in Dr. Eric Kandel’s (Nobel laureate, 2000) laboratory at Columbia University where I worked on understanding the mechanism underlying spatial memory in the hippocampus of an enhanced memory mouse model- HCN1. To understand the function of the entorhinal cortex in the HCN1 mice, I collaborated with Drs. Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser (Nobel laureates, 2014) at NTNU, Norway. For the past five years I have focused on understanding how the entorhinal cortex-hippocampal circuit is affected in Alzheimer’s disease mice using in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics and chemogenetics. One of the major goals of my lab is to study regions of the brain most vulnerable to pathology.