Antoni Barrientos, PhD

barrientos-195x260Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Phone: 305-243-8683
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Dr. Barrientos is interested in the basic processes underlying the biogenesis of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) and how they bear on human neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders and during the aging process. We use yeast and mammalian cell culture models for our research
Three of the research lines in the lab involve:
1- We intend to delineate the assembly process of the enzymes composing the MRC, with special emphasis in cytochrome c oxidase (COX). COX deficiency is the most frequent cause of mitochondrial neuromyopathies in humans and has been shown to decline with age.
2- We are interested in the creation of yeast and neuronal models of age-related human neurodegenerative disorders (including Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease). This will help us study the alterations in mitochondrial physiology that could be essential for the pathogenic mechanism of such disorders.
3- We have created novel yeast models of chronological aging that are being used to explore the role of mitochondrial function in the aging-disease relationship. The results obtained are being validated in mammalian neuronal aging models.

Susan Halloran Blanton, PhD

Christian J. Camargo, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Cognitive Neurology
Department of Neurology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street
Miami, FL  33136

Dr. Camargo did his undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT,) where he majored in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Music. He conducted research on the molecular and electrophysiological mechanisms of hippocampal synaptic plasticity and memory, and won the “Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Outstanding Research.” He attended and received his MD from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

He completed an internship in surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where he was awarded the “Silvero Cabellon Award” for best performance by a junior resident by the Department of Vascular Surgery. He then completed his Neurology residency training at the University of Miami in 2017.  He completed his Fellowship in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the University of Miami, as the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute Fellow. Presently, in addition to his clinical and research roles in the Department of Neurology, he sits on the McKnight Brain Research Foundation’s Communications Workgroup, and was recently awarded the 2019 American Academy of Neurology / McKnight Brain Foundation Clinical Translational Research Scholarship.  His research interests include clinical interventions to promote synaptic recovery and repair, advanced imaging for improved Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis in diverse populations, and the therapeutic use of stem cells in primary neurodegenerative disease.



Elizabeth Crocco, MD

crocco-195x260Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Miller School of Medicine/University of Miami
Geriatric Psychiatry Training Director
Jackson Memorial Hospital
1695 NW 9th Avenue
Suite 3204A
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-355-9065
Fax: 305-355-9076

Dr. Elizabeth Crocco received her MD from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. She then completed her residency training in general psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She specializes in geriatric psychiatry, and completed her fellowship at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Crocco is currently the Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine. As the Medical Director of the University of Miami Memory Disorder Clinic, within the University of Miami’s Center on Aging she oversees the coordination of clinical services at the MDC. As a clinical scientist she also participates in research on caregiving and the development of measures to diagnosis MCI and PRE-MCI. She also serves as the geriatric psychiatry training director at Jackson Memorial Hospital and facilitates the primary training and supervision of all geriatric psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents, medical students and other physicians/health care professionals.


Chuanhui Dong, PhD

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Research Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street, Suite 1346
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-9274

Dr. Dong is Research Associate Professor of Neurology and Biostatistician for the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Dong’s research focus is on the independent and interactive effects of social-demographic, environmental, behavioral, metabolic and genetic factors on the risk of complex diseases such as metabolic disorders, depression, cognition, drug response to clinical treatment, subclinical and clinical cardiovascular diseases. He is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Statistical Association, the International Genetic Epidemiology Society and the American Association of Human Genetics.

Hannah Gardener, ScD

gardener-195x260Assistant Scientist
Department of Neurology
University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th St
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-9283

Hannah Gardener, ScD, Assistant Scientist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami, is an epidemiologist with a particular interest in neuroepidemiology and the epidemiology of aging. She received her doctorate in Epidemiology in 2007 from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has been conducting research on risk factors for clinical and subclinical vascular outcomes in the Northern Manhattan Study for over seven years. She is particularly interested in dietary behavior and other modifiable vascular risk factors in relation to vascular events, carotid disease, and age-related changes in brain structure and cognitive decline.

Sarah Getz, Ph.D.

Sonya S. Kaur, Ph.D.

Instructor of Neurology
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street, Suite 1369
Miami, FL 33136

Dr. Kaur was born and raised in Singapore. She moved to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.  She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She currently serves as an Instructor in the Division of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

She conducts neuropsychological assessments for a range of neurological and psychiatric populations including but not limited to pre-and post-neurosurgery evaluations, cardiovascular disease and stroke, epilepsy, autoimmune conditions, movement disorders and dementias. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and is interested in applying therapeutic techniques to treat poor sleep in a range of neurological conditions.

Dr. Kaur’s research focuses on mechanistic pathways that mediate cognitive impairment in aging. She has a special interest in examining the impact of lifestyle interventions (e.g. exercise, sleep) on markers of disease progression in a variety of neurodegenerative processes.

Katalina Fernández McInerney, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor – Clinical
Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1150 N.W. 14th Street
Professional Arts Center #604
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: (305) 243-7529

Dr. McInerney’s research focuses on intervention and rehabilitation strategies for neurologically compromised individuals along with the understanding and promotion of healthy aging. She is currently engaged in research examining neuropsychological and affective changes associated with frailty in older age and the effect of moderate and high intensity exercise on sedentary individuals. Additionally, she is involved in several studies examining decision making, including identifying markers of competency in healthy cognitive aging. She is working on a screening questionnaire to assess financial and medical capacity in Hispanic and non-Hispanic individuals with mild cognitive impairment and the oldest old. Her prior research focused on the neurocognitive correlates of hazard perception and probabilistic learning in healthy aging older adults.


Roger McIntosh, Ph.D.