TODD C. SACKTOR is a professor of physiology and pharmocology and professor of neurology at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His research has focused on how the brain stores long-term memory. He discovered a brain-specific form of PKC called PKMzeta and his lab has demonstrated that PKMzeta was both necessary and sufficient for maintaining long-term potentiation—the leading candidate mechanism for memory in the brain.
In 2006, the editors of Science highlighted Sacktor’s work on PKMzeta and memory as one of the top ten "Breakthroughs of the Year." In 2009, his contributions were featured on the front page of The New York Times.