Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital
Co-Director, Autoimmune Brain Disorder Research Program
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research / Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Surgery, and Science Education,
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Phone: (516) 562-1032
Joel N.H. Stern, PhD is an associate professor of Neurology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Stern received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his PhD in Biological Sciences from Harvard University. While at Harvard he studied new ways to treat autoimmune diseases related to the brain. He also pursued research on infectious diseases. After completing his PhD, Dr. Stern became a Harvard Dean’s Scholar and an instructor at Harvard Medical and Dental Schools. He then pursued his interest in clinical immunology during a fellowship in Neurology at Yale School of Medicine, where he initiated a program aimed at understanding the role of B cells and autoantibodies in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). He joined the Zucker School of Medicine faculty in 2013. Dr. Stern is also co-director of the autoimmune brain disorder research program at Northwell Health Lenox Hill, as well as a faculty member of Lenox Hill’s neurology department. Dr. Stern’s lab also serves as a pathway to teach medical students, residents, and fellows about translational medicine.
Dr. Stern’s current research is focused on identifying the genetic and cellular factors associated with neurological autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), and autoimmune encephalitis. When immune cells such as B and T cells develop, they acquire unique sets of mutations in proteins that allow them to recognize pathogens. In autoimmune diseases, these proteins are misdirected to recognize subtypes of normal cells within the body as pathogenic and mount an immune response. By analyzing the sequences of these proteins on a cell-by-cell and patient-by-patient basis, Dr. Stern and his lab team are able to reconstruct their history and determine where in the body autoimmunity develops, and what genetic mechanisms might contribute to it. This will also allow for the application of targeted drug delivery systems in the treatment of these diseases. Dr. Stern’s lab is also interested in the pathogenesis of interstitial cystitis, a disease that involves aberrant activity of peripheral nerves.
Michael Funaro, BA
Research: Identification of HLA genes associated with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders. Manages the laboratory, conducts experiments, and supervises other lab members.
Asaff Harel, MD
Medical school: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residencies: Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center
Research: Modulation of T and B cells in multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders.
Micheline Laurent, PhD
Education: California Institute of Technology PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow: MD Anderson Cancer Center
Research: Genetics and genomics of patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.
Research: Design and screen antigen reactivity in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders.
Inna Tabansky, PhD
Education: Harvard University, PhD
Research Associate: Rockefeller University
Research: Genetics and genomics of multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders.
Joy Tanaka, PhD
Medical school: Yale Univeristy
Research: Genetics and Genomics of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders and interstitial cystitis.
Vishaan Nursey, BS
Research: Identification of inflammatory biomarkers in patients with interstitial cystitis.
Research: Identification of inflammatory biomarkers in patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.
Field of Study: Biological Sciences
Field of Study: Biology
Harvard Medical School
Degree: Postdoctoral Fellow
Field of Study: Immunology
Yale School of Medicine
Degree: Postdoctoral Fellow
Field of Study: Neurology
Academy of Medical Educators, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Gala Teacher of the Year (2016-2017), Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Dean Scholar Award, Harvard Medical School
Derek Bok Award for Teaching Excellence, Harvard University