Curriculum Vitae

Moses V. Chao


Departments of Cell Biology, Physiology & Neuroscience,
Psychiatry and Neural Science
New York University School of Medicine
540 First Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10016
212-263-0721, Fax 212-263-0723

B.A. 1970-1973
Ph.D. 1975-1980
Postdoctoral 1980-1983

Pomona College, Claremont, California
UCLA, Department of Chemistry, Los Angeles, California
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons


Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, UCLA
Pre-doctoral research, UCLA, Advisors: Jay Gralla and Harold Martinson
Postdoctoral research, Columbia University, Advisor: Richard Axel
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Cornell University Medical College, New York
Associate Professor, Cornell University Medical College
Professor of Cell Biology in Medicine, Cornell Medical College
Joseph C. Hinsey Professor of Cell Biology, Cornell Medical College
Coordinator, Molecular Neurobiology Program, Skirball Institute, New York University, School of Medicine
Professor of Cell Biology; Physiology and Neuroscience, New York University School of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine
Center for Neural Science, New York University


American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1980-1983
Cornell University Scholars Award, 1985-1988
Hirschl/Caulier Faculty Award, 1987-1992
Zenith Award, Alzheimer’s Association, 1991-1994
Presidential Symposium Speaker, Society for Neuroscience Annual, 1993
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1994
John Flynn Lecturer, Yale University, 1995
Randall Lecturer in Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania, 1995
Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, 1996-2003
Berlin Brain Days, Keynote Speaker, 2008
UCLA Tenth Annual Neuroscience Distinguished Speaker, 1998
Great Lakes Glia Meeting, Keynote Speaker, 1999
Helen Wilshire Walsh Lecturer, 2000
Grass Foundation Lecturer, 2000
Berlin Neuroscience Forum Lecturer, 2002
Weizmann Institute Life Science Lecturer, 2003
Cajal Institute Lecturer, 2004
World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics Plenary Speaker, 2007
Dartmouth University Neuroscience Day Speaker, 2008
Fellow, AAAS, 2007
National Congress Italian Neuroscience Society Keynote Speaker, Milan 2009
BrainForum Speaker: New Frontiers in Brain Research, 2010
Sunderland Society Presidential Lecturer, 2011
Ira B. Black Memorial Lecture, 2011
Sunderland Society Presidential Lecturer, 2011
President’s Award, Glaucoma Research Foundation, 2011
Fondazione Premio Galileo Prize, 2012
Plenary Speaker, 2014 Australasian Neuroscience Meeting
Simons Foundation Senior Fellow, 2015-2020
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator, 2015
University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Neuroscience Speaker, 2016
Julius Axelrod Prize, 2017
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan 2018
Plenary Speaker, Annual Meeting of the Neuroscience Society of Taiwan, 2018
Louis Goodman Endowed Lecture, Oregon Health Science University, 2019

Advisory Panels
& Study Sections

1988 – 1993
1988 – 1993 
1989 – 1996
1992 – 1996
1991 – 1999
1994 – 1996
1995 –
1996 – 1998
1996 – 2002
1999 – 2008
2000 – 2005
2000 – 2003
2001 – 2004
2001 – 2005
2003 – 2006
2004 – 2010
2004 – 2010
2005 – 2006
2005 – 2008
2005 – present
2006 – 2009
2006 – 2015
2006 – 2010
2007 – present
2008 – 2014
2008 – 2010
2009 – 2011
2010 –
2011 – 2012
2012 – 2016
2013 – present
2013 –
2013 –
2013 – 2018
2014 – present
2014 – 
2014 –
2015 –
2015 – 2016
2015 –
2016 – 2019
2017 – 2018
2018 – 2021

American Cancer Society Personnel Study Section
Regeneron Scientific Advisory Board
Alzheimer’s Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Board
NIH Neuroscience Training (NST) Study Section
American Paralysis Association Scientific Advisory Board
Trophix Scientific Advisory Board
Editor, Journal of Neurobiology (now Developmental Neurobiology)
NICHD Intramural Review PanelSection Editor, Journal of Neuroscience
NLS-3 Special Emphasis Panel
NIH Neuroscience Working Group
Diabetic Neuropathy Study Section
NSF Developmental Neuroscience Study Section
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
NICHD Board of Scientific Counselors
Chair, Program Committee, Society for Neuroscience 2002 Annual Meeting
Program Project Grant, Review, Yale University
Kirsch Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
NICHD Laboratory of Mammalian Genes and Development Review Panel
Chair, New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB)
NIA Special Emphasis Panel
NRSA Study Section
Program Project Grant site visit, University of Alabama
NINDS Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience Intramural Review Panel
Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel ZRG FO3A
Wadsworth Foundation Strategic Scientific Advisory Board
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Study Section
NIH MCDN-2 (NDBG) Study Section Member
New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research Review Panel
Chair, Glaucoma Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
Chair, NICHD Board of Scientific Counselors
Chair, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
Scientific Advisory Board, MIND Center, University of Aarhus, Denmark
NIH Neuroscience Blueprint Committee
Secretary, Society for Neuroscience
St. Jude’s Cancer Center External Advisory Board
Senior Editor, Journal of Neuroscience
NICHD Laboratory of Clinical Genomics Site Visit, Bethesda MD
Finnish Programme for Centre of Excellence in Research Advisory Panel
Program Project Grant on Neuroblastoma Biology and Therapy
NIMH Genes, Cognition and Psychosis (GCAP) Scientific Advisory Board
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Scientific Advisory Panel
Hi Q Foundation Workshop on BDNF and Huntington’s Disease
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Workshop on Stem Cells
Center for Scientific Research IRG Review Meeting
MIND Center Review, Aarhus, Denmark
NIDCD Laboratory of Neurochemistry Review Panel
Chair, CMNG Study Section
Vollum Institute Scientific Advisory Board
New York Stem Cell Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Laboratory Research Task Force
European Brain Research Institute (EBRI) Scientific Advisory Board
President, Society for Neuroscience
National Cancer Institute MCGP Site Visit, Frederick MD
Brain Prize Advisory Committee
Columbia University Center for Motor Neuron Biology & Disease Review Panel
Blavanik Foundation Award Reviewer
Neural Oxidative Metabolism & Cell Death (NOMD) Study Section
Target ALS Independent Review Committee
Unite 2 Fight Paralysis Scientific Review Panel
Society for Neuroscience Government and Public Affairs (GPA) Committee
Member, Coalition of Life Sciences
Chair, Search Committee for Editors of Journal of Neuroscience and eNeuro
Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Prize Review Committee
Danish Research Institute of Translation Neuroscience Scientific Advisory Board
Associate Director, NYU Center for Cognitive Neurology
NINDS Special Emphasis Panel, Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network
Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies (ZRG1 HDM-Y) Study Section
NICHD Intramural Neuroscience Site Visit, Bethesda MD
eLIFE Reviewing Editor
Simons Foundation Bridge to Independence Review Committee
Director, NYU Neuroscience Graduate Program
University of Helsinki, Opponent for PhD candidate, Hanna Antila
Max Planck Institute, Scientific Advisory Board, Frankfurt Germany
Senior Faculty Search Committee, NYU Neuroscience Institute
Danish Research Institute Review Board
Chair, Government and Public Affairs (GPA) Committee, Society for Neuroscience
NIH National Institute of Aging Board of Scientific Counselors
Scientific Advisory Board, Immunobrain
Pritzker Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, Chicago
Weizmann Institute Scientific Advisory Committee
Chair, The Francis Crick Institute Review Committee, London

Editorial Board
1991- 1996
1991 –
1992 – 1997
1993 –
1994 – 2006
1995 –
1995 –
2002 – 2006
2002 – 2006

Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Journal of Biological Chemistry
International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Cytokine and Growth Factor Research
Editor, Developmental Neurobiology
Associate Editor, Experimental Neurology
Associate Editor, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Reviewing Editor, eLife

Ad Hoc Reviewer

Welcome Trust Foundation; Israel Science Foundation; Alberta Heritage Foundation
National Science Foundation; Human Frontier Science Program; Hong Kong Research Grants Council; Department of Veteran’s Affairs; Medical Research Council
Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cell, Journal of Neuroscience, Oncogene, Brain Res, Molecular Cellular Neuroscience, PLOS,
Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Neurobiology, J Neurochemistry, MCB, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Biological Chemistry, EMBO Journal, Development, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience

Meeting Organizer

Keystone UCLA Symposium, Molecular Biology of Neuronal Signal Transduction
Co-Organizer with Tom Curran, Jim Morgan, and Tom Schwarz – Taos, New Mexico, April 1993.
International Society of Neurochemistry, Symposium Chairman, Neurotrophins, Montpellier, France, August 1993.
International Society of Neurochemistry, Program Committee, Kyoto, 1995. 
Gordon Conference, Neurotrophins, Vice-Chair, Plymouth, New Hampshire, 1993.
Gordon Conference, Neurotrophins, Co-Chair, 1995.
Society of Neuroscience Symposium Chair, Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Death, Miami, 1999.
Chair, Society of Neuroscience Program Committee, 2002.
Novartis Foundation, Chairman, Growth Factors and Psychiatric Disorders, London, 2007.
New York State Spinal Cord Research Board Symposium, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, 2008.
Katzir Conference on Life and Death in the Nervous System, Galilee, Israel, September, 2008.
NGF 2012 Conference, Wurzburg, Germany, June 2012.
NGF meeting organizer, Suchow, China, 2014.
NGF 2016, Asilomar, CA, 2016.
NGF 2018 Meeting, Salamanca Spain, 2018.

Teaching Experience

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Molecular Cloning of Neural Genes, Instructor, 1990-1995
Cold Spring Harbor Summer Courses:
Invited Lecturer in Advanced Cloning, 1988
Invited Lecturer, Molecular Probes, 1989
Invited Lecturer, Neuronal Development, 199
Invited Lecturer, Neurodegenerative Disease, 1997
Woods Hole Marine Laboratory, Neuroimmunology, Lecturer, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
Short Course in Molecular Biology, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, 1991
Molecular Neurobiology Course, University of Buenos Aires, 1998
Molecular Genetics graduate course, Cornell University Graduate School, 1984-1996
Microscopic Anatomy, Cornell University Medical College, 1985-1997; Course Director, 1989-1991
Advanced Cell Biology, Cornell University Graduate School, 1992-1994
MD/PhD Course, Tri-Institutional Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering MD/PhD Program, 1991-1996
Integrative, Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience Course, NYU, 1998-2005
Developmental Neurobiology, NYU Neuroscience Course 2002-2016
Cell Biology, NYU School of Medicine, 2001-2005
Synaptic Transmission, NYU Neuroscience Graduate course, 2003
Molecular Oncology, NYU Graduate course, 2005-6
Cellular Neuroscience, NYU Graduate course, 2007-2018
Development Neurobiology, Rockefeller University, 2011
Neurodegeneration Course, 2015-2020
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, 2012-2020
Neuroscience Readings Course, Activity-dependent neuronal signaling, 2012-2019