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Lab Members


Alice Pavlowsky PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow Philippe Foundation Fellow

PhD & MS in Neurosciences, University Paris VI, France BSc in Cell Biology and Physiology, University Paris XI/ENS Cachan, France

I am currently developing the project “Functional Clustering of Synapses” aimed at investigating the impact of learning on different dendritic compartments of a CA1 neuron in the mouse hippocampus.

Milenna Van Dijk

PhD student in XXX, NYU School of Medicine


I recently joined the laboratory of Dr. Andre Fenton at NYU and as part of a collaboration project between Fenton’s and Alarcon’s labs I am currently on a short term rotation at Alarcon’s lab investigating the potential role of protein synthesis in Phencyclidine (PCP) induced mGLuR dependent enhancement of Long-term synaptic depression (LTD) in the CA1 area of the mouse hippocampus.

Christienne Damatac

Undergraduate student, Brooklyn College, school of XXXX

I am currently in charge of immunohistochemical studies designed to determine the role of the chromatin remodeling protein PARP-1 in learning and memory. I particularly focus on whether behavioral training modifies the sub-cellular distribution, expression and enzymatic activity of PARP-1 in CA1 pyramidal neurons of the mouse hippocampus.

Christopher Harte

Research Assistant Bsc Medgar Evers College

My main research work is focused on the collaboration with Dr. Hernandez’ lab. I carry out various in vitro experiments in hippocampal slices which will be used for western blot or real time PCR analyses. In addition to that, I am responsible of keeping tabs and maintaining a working laboratory.



Nessy Dahan

Undergraduate student, Brooklyn College, School of XXX

As part of a collaboration between Dr. Zhong (SUNY Downstate), Dr. Fenton (NYU) and Dr. Alarcon, I am investigating the mechanistic link between PCP and the translation repressor BC1 at the synaptic level. I investigate how each agent impacts the expression of mGluR dependent long-term depression (LTD) in CA1 synapses of the mouse hippocampus.

Joshua Splett

Undergraduate student, Brooklyn College, School of XXX

I work in the immunohistochemical detection of the chromatin remodeling protein PARP-1 and its enzymatic activity. I study whether manipulations that lead to synaptic plasticity activation modulate the activity, expression and sub-cellular distribution of PARP-1 in the area CA1 of the mouse hippocampus. This project is part of a collaborative effort between Dr. Hernandez’s and Dr. Alarcon’s labs.


Juan Marcos Alarcon PhD

Assistant Professor

2000 PEW Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences.

1988-1993  BSc/MSc in Biology, University of Concepcion, Chile

1994-1999  Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, University of Chile, Chile

2000-2004  Post doc. Fellow,  Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University

2005- 2007 Assoc. Res. Sci., Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University