Dr. Maya Frankfurt, PhD

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Dr. Maya Frankfurt received her Ph.D. in neuroscience and has been teaching and doing research for over 30 years. She has taught neuroscience and physiology to medical students and allied health students. Her research interests are primarily related to understanding how the brain responds to alterations in hormones, drugs, and aging. Of particular importance is the understanding of the mechanisms involved in short- and long-term memory. Although these studies are done in animals the goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying learning and memory in humans and to provide potential directions for therapy in patients with dementia. Related to this, is the attempt to understand potential sex differences and the effects of estrogen in learning and memory because women have a greater incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease than do men. The initial hormone studies led to an interest on the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in plastics that has been shown to disrupt endocrine function, on both memory and brain structure. This research has been published in over 80 papers in peer referred journals.

Experience

  • Adjunct Professor

    Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies

    Apr 2022 – Present

  • Adjunct Faculty

    Sacred Heart University

    Jan 2015 – Present

  • Professor

    Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine

    Sep 2010 – Apr 2022

  • Research Associate

    City University of New York

    May 2005 – Aug 2010

  • Associate Professor

    Touro College

    Sep 1995 – Apr 2005

  • Assistant Professor

    Rockefeller University

    Jan 1988 – Jun 1994

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    The Montreal Neurological Institute

    Sep 1985 – Dec 1987

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Sep 1984 – Sep 1985

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    German Primate Center

    Sep 1983 – Sep 1984

Education

  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Ph.D., Physiology, Neuroscience

    1983

  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Master of Philosophy – MPhil, Neuroscience

    1981

  • Hampshire College

    Bachelor’s degree, Biology, General

    1978

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