Department of Pathology


Dr. Joan W. Berman, Ph.D.

Dr. Berman Delivers 2019 Presidential Lecture

Joan W. Berman, PhD, a professor in the Departments of Pathology and of Microbiology & Immunology and the Irving D. Karpas Chair in Medicine, received the 2019 Einstein-Montefiore Presidential Lecture Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in basic and clinical research at Einstein and Montefiore. Dr. Berman and her co-honoree, Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), delivered the 3rd annual Einstein-Montefiore Presidential Lecture on June 3, in the Robbins Auditorium, on Einstein’s Jack & Pearl Resnick Campus. The event was hosted by Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, and Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Health System.

Dr. Berman’s presentation was titled, “Buprenorphine: A Novel Therapy for HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders.” The Berman lab studies interactions of HIV with the central nervous system (CNS): how HIV enters the CNS, persists there despite antiretroviral therapy, and causes dementia and other neurocognitive disorders collectively known as neuroAIDS. Dr. Berman and her team showed that methamphetamines and other drugs of abuse can worsen the CNS damage associated with neuroAIDS. Such drugs are known to raise extracellular dopamine levels. Dr. Berman’s group was the first to demonstrate that dopamine increases the number of HIV-infected leukocytes that cross the blood-brain barrier and infiltrate the CNS. Dr. Berman also found that the methadone alternative, buprenorphine, not only inhibits monocytes from entering the CNS but helps eliminate the cognitive deficits associated with HIV infection in mice.


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Remembering Dr. Herbert Tanowitz

We mourn the passing of our beloved colleague, mentor and friend. [Read more] 

Announcing the Dr. Herbert B. Tanowitz Honorary Lecture for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine

Created by the Montefiore Einstein Department of Pathology in honor of Dr. Herbert Tanowitz who passed away on July 17, 2018, the lecture will focus on parasitology and tropical medicine—the driving research interests of Dr. Tanowitz’ long and distinguished career. The inaugural lecture will be a full-day symposium on the pathogenesis of Chagas Disease, including research on the role of adipose tissue in this chronic infection.

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Experimental pathology aims to define disease in terms of fundamental molecular and cellular processes. Research in our Department focuses on critical issues in multiple disease classes. Areas of focus include: 


Research in each of these areas is highly interactive, and the Department strives for a collegial atmosphere in which collaborations can flourish. This effort is conducted through a variety of department-level activities, including regular meetings to discuss work in progress and a departmental retreat at which students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and faculty all have opportunity to present and discuss their research.


Research Funding Program

The Department of Pathology has established a research funding program to encourage residents and fellows to participate in clinical pilot research projects. Up to $2,000 will be awarded per research project, for projects of up to two years in duration.


Research Faculty

Amanda Beck, DVM 

Geoffrey Childs, PhD 

Joan W. Berman, PhD 

Mahalia Desruisseaux, MD, PhD 

Amy Fox, MD  

David Fooksman, PhD  

Chandan Guha, MBBS, PhD 

Rachel Hazan, PhD 

Lawrence Herbst, DVM, PhD 

Huan Huang, MD 

Fernando Macian, MD, PhD 

Maja Oktay, MD, PhD 

Harry Ostrer, MD 

Thomas J. Ow, MD 

Michael B. Prystowsky, MD, PhD 

Moshe Sadofsky, MD, PhD 

Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, PhD 

Louis Weiss, MD 


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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 11:30 AM
Laboratory Preparedness for Emerging Infectious Diseases
Montefiore Medical Center, Conference Room, C4

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 12:00 PM
Works in Progress
Belfer Educational Center for Health Sciences, 714

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