Joy Reidenberg, PhD is a professor of Anatomy and Functional Morphology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. As a biomedical research scientist, Reidenberg studies the comparative anatomy of the mammalian head and neck. She has examined a large variety of animals ranging from insects to humans, but her particular fascination is with aquatic animals. Much of Reidenberg’s recent work is focused on how animals adapt to environmental extremes. Current research is centered around the anatomy of whales, dolphins and porpoises, where she's working to understand how they produce sounds and withstand the pressures of diving. Her research into their anatomy has enabled these animals to become valued "natural experiments" to learn about basic biomechanical relationships that affect all mammals, including humans. She hopes to learn from nature and develop protective/preventive technologies or new medical treatments for injuries and diseases based upon mimicking these adaptations.
Reidenberg received a B.A. in 1983 from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her M.Phil. in 1985 and her PhD in 1988 in Anatomy from Mount Sinai’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences in New York, and joined the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine later that year. Reidenberg has also held appointments as a Guest Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and as an Associate Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.
Reidenberg work has been federally funded by the Office of Naval Research (Navy Environmental Compliance Division), Department of Defense, National Oceanic Partnership Program, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Marine Fisheries Service).
Her research has been featured often on television, including on the Discovery Channel (USA) "The Science of Whales," National Geographic (USA) “Humpbacks: Breaking the Code,” Discovery Channel (Canada): Discovery News “Daily Planet,” and she has also appeared as a presenter on Channel 4’s (United Kingdom) “Brave New World with Stephen Hawking.” Reidenberg’s has recently been working as the comparative anatomist for the natural history documentary series “Inside Nature’s Giants” that examines the anatomy, function, and evolution of large animals.
Reidenberg has been featured in the British journal Nature, in O, the Oprah Magazine, and in the New York Times. She was awarded the highest national prize in her field, the Basmajian Award, by the American Association of Anatomists for her excellence in both teaching and research.