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Jaime Grutzendler, MD

Dr. Harry M. Zimmerman and Dr. Nicholas and Viola Spinelli Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience; Vice-Chair for Research, Neurology; Director, Center for Experimental Neuroimaging



Dr. Grutzendler obtained his MD at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia where he was born and raised. He completed a medical internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in Neurology at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. This was followed by a combined clinical and research fellowship in the Alzheimer Disease Research Center and the Department of Neurobiology at Washington University and further neurobiology research training at the Skirball Institute of New York University. Dr. Grutzendler's clinical interests focus on neurodegenerative disorders with special emphasis in dementias such as Alzheimer's disease. He also leads a research laboratory focused on understanding brain function and the cellular basis of neurological diseases. Specifically he is interested in elucidating cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, development of methods for intravital brain imaging and translational neuroscience with therapeutics efforts within the field of neurodegeneration and nervous system injury.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Skirball Institute/New York University (2003)
  • Research Fellow
    Washington University in St. Louis (2000)
  • Clinical Fellow
    Washington University in St. Louis (2000)
  • Resident
    Washington Univeristy in St. Louis (1998)
  • Intern
    Washington University in St. Louis (1995)
  • MD
    Universidad Javeriana School of Medicine (1991)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Elected Member2018
American Society for Clinical Investigation, Elected Member2012
McCance Yale Scholar2011
NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award2010
Brain and Immunoimaging AwardDana Foundation2004
New Scholar AwardEllison Foundation2004

Departments & Organizations