The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Division of Cognitive & Motor Aging - Our Team at a Glance


Joe Verghese, MD, MS, FRCPI
Professor & Chief
Jeannette Small  Associate Director:
Jeannette R. Mahoney, PhD
Associate Professor

Anne F. Ambrose, MBBS

 Emma Ayers Headshot 

Emmeline Ayers, MPH
Principal Associate

Helena Small   Helena Blumen, PhD
Associate Director of the Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center
Associate Professor

Mirnova Ceïde, MD
Assistant Professor


Pierfilippo De Sanctis, PhD
Assistant Professor


Claudene George, MD
Associate Professor

 Sanish Sathyan HS  Sanish Sathyan, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Cuiling Wang, PhD
Associate Professor



 Marnina Stimmel HS 

Marnina Stimmel, PhD
Neuropsychology Fellow 

 Oshadi Jayakody HS 

Oshadi Jayakody, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow


 Donna Brandon  Donna Brandon
DCMA Administrator
 Mairim Melecio-Vazquez  HS 

Mairim Melecio-Vazquez
Research Coordinator

 Dristi Adhikari  Dristi Adhikari
Data Manager

Research Assistants

 Celeste Nsubayi HS 

Celeste Nsubayi
5-Cog Study

 Dachel Sanchez-Castellanos HS 

Dachel Sanchez-Castellanos
Trajectory of Brain, Gait and Cognitive Decline – LonGenity & NICE-AD Study

Daniel Schlehofer HS  Daniel Schlehofer
Trajectory of Brain, Gait and Cognitive Decline – LonGenity & MCR Consortium Study
 Carmen Urizar 

Carmen Urizar
NICE-AD study

 Lital Twizer  Lital Twizer
VSI Study



Letter from the Chief 

New Developments

Verghese Gait Video Geriatrician Joe Verghese explains how subtle changes in gait can identify which patients are at risk for frailty – with the goal of preventing falls and mental decline. Dr. Verghese is chief of geriatrics at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center and a professor of neurology and of medicine at Einstein. This edition of Einstein On, a research and medicine podcast, is hosted by Paul Moniz, managing director of communications and marketing at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Watch full interview