Hala Nicolas

Hala Nicolas, PhD

  • INSTRUCTOR | Psychiatry

Dr. Harony-Nicolas is an Instructor at the Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology at the Technion Institute of Israel in 2008 and completed a first post-doctoral training in the Laboratory of Neurobiology of Social Behavior at the University of Haifa, Israel. In 2011 she joined Dr. Joseph Buxbaum’s Laboratory at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and was promoted to the position of Instructor at the Department of Psychiatry in 2014. Her research aims to understand the mechanisms by which autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-associated mutations lead to the manifestation of behavioral deficits, aiming to identify potential targets for therapeutic treatments.

Specialty

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),  Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PMS),  ASD and PMS animal models, Transgenic rats, Knockout mice, Molecular Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Oxytocin, RNA sequencing, Epigenetics

Education

BSc, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

MA, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

PhD, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology