Elizabeth A Jonas, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology) and Neuroscience; Faculty Member; Associate Professor with Tenure; Professor with Tenure; Secondary appointment

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Endocrinology: Fellowship Training

Discovery to Cure Internship

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Status of Women in Medicine Committee (SWIM)

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience

Office of Cooperative Research


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)
Assistant and Senior Resident Yale New Haven Hospital
Dedicated Neurologist for Generalist Firm Yale University School of Medicine
Dedicated Neurological Consultant Yale Center for Pain Management
Associate Research Scientist Yale University School of Medicine
Fellow` Yale University School of Medicine
Instructor Yale New Haven Hospital
Chief Resident Yale New Haven Hospital
Assistant and Second Year Resident Yale New Haven Hospital
Intern Yale New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology (1991)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2002)

Honors & Recognition

  • Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award (2014)

  • First Hugh L. Dwyer, M.D. Annual Award for Achievement inClinicalMedicine andTeaching (1989)

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Society (1986)

  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award forAchievement by Women Scholars (1986)

Professional Service

  • FASEB (2018 - Present) Associate Editor

  • Committee to organize celebration: 100 years of Women in Medicine at Yale (2018 - Present) Chairperson

  • Marine Biological Laboratory (2018 - Present) Council Member

  • FY17 Peer reviewed medical research program (PRMRP), Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, clinical trials for mitochondrial disease (2017) Chairperson

  • Marine Biological Laboratory Society (2017) Committee Member

  • Bioenergetics subgroup, Biophysical Society (2016 - 2018) Chairperson

  • Whitman Fellowship Awards Committee (2016 - 2018) Chairperson

  • NIH CSR Fellowships (F05) (2015) Reviewer

  • Neural Oxidative Metabolism and Death Study Section, NIH (2015 - Present) Member

  • MBL Research Awards (2014 - 2015) Reviewer

  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (2013) Mentor

  • Nature Neuroscience (2012 - Present) Reviewer

  • Application for K99 Award for Pablo Peixoto, New York University (2011) Mentor

  • Neural Oxidative Metabolism and Death Study Section, Center for Scientific review, NIH (2010 - 2014) Member

  • Grass Foundation, Woods Hole, MA (2010 - 2011) Faculty Member

  • Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole, MA (2010 - 2011) Advisor

  • Grass Fellow Selection Consultant (2010) Consultant

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA (2010 - Present) Mentor

  • Molecular Cell (2008 - Present) Reviewer

  • J. Neuroscience (2005 - Present) Reviewer

  • J. Neurochem (2005 - Present) Reviewer

  • Alzheimer’s Foundation (2005 - Present) Reviewer

  • NIH Study Section NDBG (2004 - 2006) Reviewer

  • American Academy of Neurology (2000 - Present) Member

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000 - Present) Member

  • American Headache Society (2000 - Present) Member

  • American Heart Association (2000 - Present) Member

  • Biophysical Society (2000 - Present) Member

  • Society for Neuroscience (2000 - Present) Member


  • 20th European Bioenergetics Conference (EBEC2018) Budapest, Hungary (2018)

    Invited speaker

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Contact Info

Elizabeth A Jonas, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Endocrinology & MetabolismYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
EndocrinologyPO Box 208020
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8056