Cristina M. Alberini is Professor at the NYU Center for Neural Science. She has dedicated her career to uncovering the molecular bases of learning and memory. Her studies, utilizing invertebrate (Aplysia californica) and mammalian (rat and mouse) systems, have explored the mechanisms of long-term memory formation, stabilization, persistence and strengthening. The identification of the mechanisms underlying the disruption or enhancement of memories is important for understanding memory in physiological conditions but also for characterizing memory disorders. In recognition for her work, Cristina has received the NIH MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award, the McKnight Foundation Cognitive and Memory Disorders Award, the Hirschl-Weill Career Scientist Award, the NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, the Premio ATENA, and the Golgi Medal.
The major questions investigated in the Alberini lab include the molecular mechanisms underlying memory consolidation and reconsolidation, the stabilization processes occurring after learning and memory recall. These processes allow for the disruption, enhancement and modification of memory.