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

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 Description

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.