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Elizabeth Woo

MD, PhD Student, Neuroscience

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Elizabeth Woo


Born in Boston, MA, Elizabeth grew up in Paris for a couple years and Glenview (suburb of Chicago, IL) for the majority of her life. She attended the University of Chicago where she received a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Biology. She joined the Thinakaran lab, a neurobiology lab, and her research focused on understanding the role of Rab35 GTPase in modulating APP processing in Alzheimer's Disease in a cellular model. Currently, she is being co-mentored by Drs. Amy Arnsten and Lauren Sansing and is interested in studying how neurons communicate to microglia and astrocytes in the setting of aging and how that contributes to the region-specific vulnerabilities seen in Alzheimer’s Disease. Outside of the lab, she is also interested in policy surrounding drug pricing and how as physicians we can better advocate for changes in the policy and pricing schemes.

She is an avid learner of foreign languages and loves to travel to learn about new cultures. She is also part of the Citations (Yale Graduate and Professional Student A Capella), has served as MSC president (2017-2018), and loves desserts and all things Broadway Musicals.

Education & Training

  • BA
    University of Chicago, Economics (2017)

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