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Elizabeth Buffalo, PhD

Yerkes Researcher

Phone: 404-712-9431

Fax: 404-727-3278


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Elizabeth Buffalo, PhD, studies the neural mechanisms that support learning and memory under normal conditions and when memory is compromised due to aging or disease. She and her research team use extracellular neurophysiologic recording techniques, including spectral analysis techniques, to investigate the role of oscillatory activity and neuronal synchronization in memory formation. They carry out these studies with the goal of better understanding the neurobiology of memory as well as developing new treatment options and better methods of diagnosis for patients with diseases that impair memory, including Alzheimer’s disease, temporal lobe epilepsy, depression and schizophrenia.

Dr. Buffalo received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wellesley College and earned her master’s in philosophy and her doctorate in neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Buffalo is Co-director for the Institute on Neuroscience (ION)@Yerkes, an eight-week immersion program in neuroscience held at Yerkes each summer. Accepted Scholars will engage in a mentored laboratory research project geared directly toward their own research interests in neuroscience. Yerkes holds the program in collaboration with Georgia State University and in partnership with the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.

Dr. Buffalo is known for her collaborations with other Yerkes researchers, including Drs. Jocelyne Bachevalier, Yoland Smith and Thomas Wichmann. She also frequently collaborates with Yerkes director Dr. Stuart Zola, a former mentor of hers.


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