Founding Dean Stephen M. Kosslyn leads the School of Arts and Sciences and has defined Minerva’s pedagogic philosophy. Kosslyn came to Minerva from Stanford University, where he served as Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, the world’s preeminent institution in the field. Prior to Stanford, Kosslyn spent 30 years at Harvard University in a variety of positions, including Dean of Social Sciences. Kosslyn has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Christine Ann Denny is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and a Research Scientist V in the Division of Integrative Neuroscience at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University in 2012, where she investigated the impact of adult hippocampal neurogenesis on behavior in the laboratory of Dr. René Hen. She then completed a short post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. René Hen and started her own laboratory in 2013.
S. Matthew Liao is the Arthur Zitrin Chair of Bioethics, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Professor of Global Public Health, and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy at New York University. He is the author or editor of The Right to Be Loved (Oxford University Press); Moral Brains: The Neuroscience of Morality (Oxford University Press); The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (Oxford University Press); Current Controversies in Bioethics (Routledge), and over 50 articles in philosophy and bioethics.
Dr. Libutti is the Director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care, Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Professor in the Department of Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center. He graduated from Harvard College and received his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.
Tim Requarth is a freelance science journalist based in New York City. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, The New Republic, Scientific American, Science, Nautilus, Aeon, and Current Opinion in Neurobiology, among other publications. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from Columbia University and is the director of NeuWrite, an international network of collaborative science communication groups for scientists and writers.
Eric R. Kandel, M.D., is University Professor at Columbia; Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science; Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute; and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A graduate of Harvard College and N.Y.U. School of Medicine, Dr. Kandel trained in Neurobiology at the NIH and in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior.
Jessica Lawrence Quinn is the CEO of NY Tech Alliance, a non-profit organization supporting the growth and diversification of New York’s technology sector and running the world's largest Meetup group - NY Tech Meetup. In 2013, she co-founded The Work Revolution Summit, a conference on the future of work. Prior to her work with NY Tech Alliance, Jessica was the CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Southern California, where she supported a community of 75 staff, 5,000 volunteers, and 15,000 girls.
An expert in adult stem cell research, Dr. Theresa Deisher is the first person to discover adult cardiac-derived stem cells. She also owns 23 issued US patents, whose discoveries have led to clinical trials of fibroblast growth factor 18 for osteoarthritis and cartilage repair, and for Factor XIII for surgical bleeding. Dr. Deisher was a plaintiff in the US federal lawsuit to prohibit use of federal tax payer dollars for embryo destructive research.
Nathan Tinker has been Executive Director of NewYorkBIO, the statewide trade association representing New York’s bioscience community, since 2006. In this role, Nathan serves as the central spokesman and advocate for the state’s life science industry, and represents NewYorkBIO’s 250+ members in public policy, communications, and industry development.
Nancy E. Davidson is the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, associate vice chancellor for cancer research and Hillman Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds secondary appointments as professor of pharmacology and chemical biology and professor in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. A translational breast cancer researcher, Dr. Davidson has published key findings on the role of hormones, particularly estrogen, on gene expression and cell growth in breast cancer.