ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Neuroscience, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Psychiatry
Biography Dr Rudebeck joined the department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2014 as an Assistant Professor. His training and background are in neuropsychology and neurophysiology. He obtained his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, where he investigated the role of the prefrontal cortex in emotion, social behavior and decision-making. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Sinai, Dr Rudebeck was a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in Bethesda, Maryland. While at the NIMH, his research focused on how interaction between the prefrontal cortex and other parts of the brain, such as the amygdala, contributes to emotion and cognition. At the Icahn School of Medicine, Dr Rudebeck’s lab will investigate the neural systems involved in emotion and decision-making using a combination of behavioral, neurophysiology and interference techniques. Awards 2009 - 2011 Julius Axelrod Memorial Fellowship National Insitute of Mental Health Research Neurobiology of Emotion and Cognition In our daily lives we often encounter both pleasurable and aversive situations, which heighten our emotional state and affect cognition. The ability to flexibly regulate our emotions in response to such events is essential for adapting to our environment and, ultimately, for our mental health. Many forms of mental illness involve dysfunction in the neural systems that regulate affective processing. The limbic system, which includes parts of the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal lobe, is critical for regulating emotions and plays an essential role in cognition. The main focus of the Rudebeck lab is to understand how the limbic system, specifically the amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex, contribute to emotional regulation and decision-making. To do this, we use a combination of behavioral, autonomic, neurophysiological and lesion approaches in animal models. Visit Peter Rudebeck's http://neuroscience.mssm.edu/rudebeck/ Laboratory of Neurobiology of Emotion & Cognition for more information.