Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medicine
Dr. Karin Hochrainer is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. She holds an MSc degree in Microbiology from the University of Vienna, Austria (2000) and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria (2005). She was a Postdoctoral Associate in Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine from 2005-09 in the laboratory of Dr. Josef Anrather, where she studied the role of post-translational protein modifications (PTMs) in NF-kB signaling and inflammation. She was appointed to the Weill Cornell faculty in 2010.
Dr. Hochrainer’s current work focuses on the impact of PTMs, such as ubiquitination and S-palmitoylation, on neuronal dysfunction in ischemic stroke and tauopathy. In particular, she is interested in disease-related changes in postsynaptic function.
Dr. Hochrainer has published 20+ peer-reviewed papers in high-impact journals, including Nature Neuroscience, Nature, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, and Nucleic Acids Research. From 2017-19, Karin was supported by the Finbar and Marianne Kenny Research Scholarship in Neurology, a prestigious endowment awarded to junior faculty members with exceptional research programs at Weill Cornell Medicine.