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Elizabeth Jonas, MD

Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Professor of Neuroscience

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Elizabeth Jonas, MD

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Elizabeth Jonas received training in Neurology and Internal Medicine. She developed an interest in Neuroscience while studying as a medical student with Dr. Rodolfo Llinas at N.Y.U. and at the Marine Biological Laboratory. With Dr. Llinas she developed an interest in calcium control of synaptic transmission. She pursued this interest as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Kaczmarek, Yale Pharmacology. Dr. Jonas developed a technique for recording from ion channels on intracellular membranes and has used this and other techniques to study mitochondria. Mitochondria are necessary for life and death of neurons and other cells. Regulation of mitochondrial metabolism is also key to energy efficiency in the nervous system. Dr. Jonas is now studying the role of mitochondria and energy efficiency in neurodegenerative disease states and in learning and memory formation in healthy brain. Her lab has recently characterized the molecular identity of the cell death channel known as the mitochondrial permeability transition pore and is now studying how inhibiting gating of the pore may ameliorate stroke, neurodegenerative and developmental brain diseases.

Education & Training

  • MD
    New York University (1986)
  • BA
    Yale University (1982)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology (1991)


  • Mitochondria and Synaptic Plasticity: Role of ATP synthase in synaptic function and neuronal degeneration
    White Plains, NY, United States 2013
    Meeting at Burke Medical Research Institute

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Elected MemberAssociation of American Physicians2022

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