Faculty Profile

Dr. Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D.

Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D.

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Chair, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Florence and Irving Rubinstein Chair in Neuroscience

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Research: Cerebellar physiology and function; Motor coordination and movement disorders; Cerebellar contribution to non-motor functions, Autism, schizophrenia, addiction and migraine; Neuronal Excitability and Synaptic transmission.

Professional Interests


        The interest of my laboratory is to understand the role of the cerebellum in motor coordination, cognitive and social function, and in addiction. Of particular interest to us is the general computational principles of the cerebellum, its interactions with other brain structures, and its role in motor and non-motor behaviors. We approach these questions from both basic science and clinical perspectives. We use a combination of techniques, from behavioral studies to optogenetics and electrophysiology (both in vitro and in vivo). Our studies take advantage of normal and transgenic animal models. 

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rose F. Kennedy Center
1410 Pelham Parkway South , Room 903
Bronx, NY 10461

Tel: 718.430.3794
Fax: 718.430.8821

Research Information

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The Cerebellum's Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah

Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D., who designed his own laboratory tools to study rat brains as a Ph.D. student, is profiled in a feature on his life and body of research, including recent key findings about the cerebellum’s role in addiction and behavior. Dr. Khodakhah is professor and chair of the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Einstein and Montefiore.

Scientific American interviews Dr. Kamran Khodakhah on his research finding that the cerebellum influences addictive and social behavior.

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