Elizabeth F. Neufeld


314 BSRB
615 Charles E Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone 1: 310-825-7149
Phone 2: 310-825-8722


BSRB 346
615 Charles E Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Elizabeth F. Neufeld

Position Titles: 

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Biological Chemistry
Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs
Emeritus Member, Brain Research Institute


Born in France, Elizabeth Neufeld immigrated to the United States in 1940. She obtained a BS from Queens College, New York and a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. After postdoctoral training in, she moved to the NIH in Bethesda, MD, where she began her studies of a rare group of genetic diseases. She moved back to California in 1984 as Chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry - a position that she occupied till 2004.

Research interest: 

The cause and treatment of the Sanfilippo syndrome
The Sanfilippo syndrome is a rare genetic disease of children, characterized by profound mental retardation and death in late adolescence. We study a mouse model of the disease to understand why the brain is so severely affected and to develop treatment.