Elizabeth F. Neufeld


Elizabeth Fondal Neufeld (born September 27, 1928) is a French-American geneticist whose research has focused on the genetic basis of metabolic disease in humans.[1]

Elizabeth F. Neufeld
Elizabeth Fondal

(1928-09-27) September 27, 1928 (age 93)
Paris, France
Alma materB.S., Queens College, 1948
Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, 1956
Benjamin S. Neufeld
(m. 1951; died 2020)
AwardsDickson Prize (1975)
Wolf Prize
Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research
William Allan Award (1982)
Elliott Cresson Medal (1984)
National Medal of Science (1994)
Scientific career
InstitutionsJackson Laboratory


Neufeld and her Russian Jewish family emigrated to the United States from Paris in 1940; they had left Europe as refugees to escape Nazi persecution.[2] The family settled in New York, where she attended Hunter College High School before graduating from Queens College in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science. She went on to work as a research assistant at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, looking at blood disorders in mice. Later on, she attended graduate school at University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1956 for her work on nucleotides and complex carbohydrates.

Neufeld has been widely recognized for her contributions to science. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.[3][4] She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1977.[5] Neufeld has been awarded the Wolf Prize, the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research, and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1994 "for her contributions to the understanding of the lysosomal storage diseases, demonstrating the strong linkage between basic and applied scientific investigation."[6]

Neufeld retired in 2004 from UCLA as Chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry, a position she occupied since 1984.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Elizabeth Fondal married Benjamin S. Neufeld in 1951;[8] they had two children together.[9]

Selected PublicationsEdit

Ohmi K, Greenberg DS, Rajavel KS, Ryazantsev S, Li HH, Neufeld EF., (2003), "Activated microglia in cortex of mouse models of mucopolysaccharidoses I and IIIB." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 100: 1902-7. PMID 12576554 DOI: 10.1073/Pnas.252784899

Elizabeth F. Neufeld, W.Z. Hassid,(1963), "Biosynthesis of Saccharides from Glycopyranosyl Esters of Nucleotides (“Sugar Nucleotides”), Editor(s): Melville L. Wolfrom, R. Stuart Tipson, Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry,Academic Press,Volume 18,1963,Pages 309-356,ISSN 0096-5332,ISBN 9780120072187, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0096-5332(08)60246-5.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Terrie M. Rooney, ed. (1998). Contemporary Authors. Vol. 161. Gale / Cengage Learning. ISBN 9780787619947.
  2. ^ Hirschhorn, K. (1983). "The William Allan Memorial Award. Presented to Elizabeth F. Neufeld, Ph. D., at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics Detroit, September 29-October 2, 1982". American Journal of Human Genetics. 35 (6): 1077–80. PMC 1685992. PMID 6417998.
  3. ^ "Elizabeth F. Neufeld". www.nasonline.org. Retrieved 2022-03-21.
  4. ^ "APS Member History". search.amphilsoc.org. Retrieved 2022-03-21.
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Fondal Neufeld". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ National Science Foundation. The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details - Elizabeth F. Neufeld
  7. ^ "Elizabeth F. Neufeld, Ph.D." computing technologies research laboratory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ Elizabeth F. Neufeld entry, YourDictionary.com. Accessed Feb. 27, 2022.
  9. ^ Benjamin S. Neufeld September 5, 1926 - March 28, 2020, Mount Sinai Parks. Accessed Feb. 27, 2022.

Further readingEdit

  • Windsor, Laura Lynn (2002). Women in medicine: an encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781576073933. OCLC 52451817.
  • Nicole Kresge, Robert D. Simoni, Robert L. Hill, (2007), "Lysosomal Storage Disease Factors: the Work of Elizabeth F. Neufeld", Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol 282, Issue 20,Pages e15-e17,https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.252784899

External linksEdit

  • Home Page at UCLA