Connecting European Neuroscience

Daniela Schiller

Programme Committee Member FENS Forum 2020

Curriculum Vitae

Professional and academic career

2015 –             Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

2010 – 2015     Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

2005 – 2010     Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science, New York University New York, NY

Honours and awards

2019                Elected member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

2018                Friedman Brain Institute Research Scholar Award

2014                Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences

2014                The Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award

2014                Kavli Scientist-Writer Fellow

2013                Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, National Academy of Sciences

2013                Le Foundation Award

2010                Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, The New York Academy of Sciences

2007                Motivational Neuronal Network Conference, France – Travel Award

2007                OIST Workshop on Cognitive Neurobiology, Japan – Scholarship Award

2005                Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course, Japan – Scholarship Award

2004                Fulbright Post-doctoral Scholar Award, The Fulbright Foundation

2003                The Wolf Award for Excellent Ph.D. Students, Wolf Foundation

2003                The Adams Students Award for Excellent Research in the Field of Neuroscience

2003                Master degree in Psychobiology summa cum laude, Tel Aviv University


General administrative and organisational experience

  • Reviewing Editor, The Journal of Neuroscience, Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (term 2019-2022)
  • Reviewing Editor, eNeuro, Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (term 2014-2020)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN) program committee member (term 2017-2020)
  • FENS Officer, SfN-appointed member of the FENS Forum Program Committee (term 2019-2020)
  • Editorial Board member, iScience by Cell Press (term 2017-2019)
  • Guest Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
  • NIH, Study Section on Cognition and Perception (guest member 2016, 2018)
  • Judge, Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists Selection Committee, NYAS (2012-2016)
  • Visiting Professor, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China (Since 2017)
  • Program committee co-chair, Social and Affective Neuroscience Society (2016)
  • Chair, SFN-sponsored cognitive neuroscience social (2016)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, The Human Affectome Project, Neuroqualia (since 2015)
  • Jury member, Sloan Filmmaker Fund, Tribeca Film Institute (2015)
  • Advisory Committee member, Sloan Foundation (2013)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, The National High School Journal of Science (2012)

Research interests

Can we change our emotions? My lab is interested in discovering the neural mechanisms underlying emotional control and flexibility. Because the environment we live in is constantly changing, we need to continuously update our emotional responses. In extreme situations, when emotional memories become traumatic, we might even wish to ‘erase’ emotional memories altogether. Our research team uses neuroimaging, pharmacology and psychophysiology to understand the neural mechanisms that make such emotional flexibility. We examine emotional processing in the normal brain and in psychiatric disorders, and hope to promote new forms of treatment. Our investigations further examine how imagination interacts with motivational stimuli and behaviours and how the brain tracks dynamic social relationships through the representation of social space.

Selected Publications

Homan P, Levy I, Feltham E, Gordon C, Hu J, Li J, Pietrzak R, Southwick S, Krystal J, Harpaz-Rotem I, and Schiller D (2019) Neural computations of threat in the aftermath of combat trauma. Nature Neuroscience, in press

Reddan M, Wager T, and Schiller D (2018) Attenuating neural threat expression with imagination. Neuron, 100, 994-1005

Schafer M and Schiller D (2018) Navigating social space. Neuron 100, 476-489

Lee JLC, Nader K, and Schiller D (2017) An update on memory reconsolidation updating. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 21, 21, 531-545

Clem RL and Schiller D (2016) New learning and unlearning: strangers or accomplices in threat memory attenuation? Trends in Neurosciences 39, 340-351

Delgado MR, Beer JS, Fellows L, Huettel S, Platt M, Quirk G, and Schiller D (2016) Dialogues on the functional role of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Nature Neuroscience 19, 1545-1552

Tavares RM, Mendelsohn A, William CH, Grossman Y, Shapiro M, Trope Y, and Schiller D (2015) A map for social navigation in the human brain. Neuron 87, 231-243

Schiller D, Eichenbaum H, Buffalo EA, Davachi L, Foster D, Leutbeg S, Ranganath C (2015) Memory and space: Towards an understanding of the cognitive map. The Journal of Neuroscience 35, 13904-13911

Mendelsohn A, Pine A, and Schiller D (2014) Between Thoughts and Actions: Motivationally salient cues invigorate mental action in the human brain. Neuron 81, 207-217 

Collins K, Mendelsohn A, Cain CK, and Schiller D (2014) Taking action in the face of threat – Neural synchronization predicts adaptive coping. The Journal of Neuroscience 34, 14733-14738

Daniela Schiller, PhD

Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L Levy Place, Box 1230, New York, NY, USE 10029