Eric Klann Biography

  • Eric Klann, Ph.D.

    Professor and Director Center for Neural Science New York University
  • Eric Klann is Professor and Director of the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Dr. Klann received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy School of Medicine in 1989, did postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine with Dr. David Sweatt, and previously held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Klann’s research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of translational control and their role in activity-dependent changes in synaptic function and behavior, including cognition. He also studies how dysregulated translational control contributes to altered synaptic function and aberrant behaviors in developmental brain disorders and neurodegenerative disease. Dr. Klann has published over 160 original research articles, reviews, commentaries, and book chapters. Dr. Klann serves as a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience, a Section Editor for Brain Research, and serves on the editoral boards of several other journals. He is a former member and chair of the Neural Oxidative Metabolism & Death and Molecular & Cellular Substrates of Complex Disorders Study Sections of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Klann serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Foundation and the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics, where he is also the Chair. He also has served on the Fragile X Outcomes Measures and TSC Neurocognitive Working Groups for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Klann has served as the Treasurer and the President of the Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society. He is the recipient of a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award and the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Instittutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Education and Training

  • 1980-1984

    B.S. Chemistry, Gannon University, Erie, PA

  • 1984-1989

    Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
    Medical College of Vriginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

  • 1989-1994

    Postdoctoral fellow
    Department of Neuroscience
    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Positions

  • 1994 - 2000

    Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 2000 - 2001

    Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 2001 - 2005

    Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

  • 2005 - 2006

    Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

  • 2006 - 2016

    Professor, Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY

  • 2012 - 2013

    Visiting Scientist, Shonan Research Center, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Fujisawa, Japan

  • 2016 - present

    Professor and Director, Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY

Honors and Awards

  • 1989

    National Institute of Mental Health Training Grant

  • 1989-1991

    American Society for Neurochemistry Young Investigator Travel Award

  • 1991-1993

    National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award

  • 1993

    American Society for Neurochemistry Young Investigator Travel Award

  • 1993-1994

    National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award

  • 1995-2000

    National Institutes of Health First Award

  • 1998-1999

    Co-President, Pittsburgh Chapter of Society for Neuroscience

  • 1999

    Austria Ministry of Science Young Investigator Travel Award

  • 1997-2000

    Review Panel Member, Protective Agents in Neural Cell Dysfunction, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

  • 2001

    International Society for Neurochemistry Young Investigator Award

  • 2003-2004

    Cynthia and George Mitchell Dementia Research Award

  • 2004

    Basic Health Sciences Outstanding Alumnus Award, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 2008-2009

    Chair, Neural Oxidative Metabolism and Death Study Section (NOMD), National Institutes of Health

  • 2009

    Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, Gannon University

  • 2010 - 2012

    College of CSR Reviewers, National Institutes of Health

  • 2012 - 2015

    President, Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society

  • 2013

    Brain & Behavior Foundation NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award

  • 2013

    Fellow, American Association Fro the Advancement of Science

  • 2014

    Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • 2017

    Butler High School (Pennsylvania) Distinguished Graduate Award