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Elana Molotsky, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Education and Training:

  • Undergraduate

    • BS, Cornell University 

      • Genetics

    • Researcher in lab of Dr.  Valerie Reyna

  • Doctoral

    • PhD, Thomas Jefferson University

      • Neuroscience​

    • Researcher in lab of Dr. Diane Merry

Research Interests and Current Projects:

Skeletal muscle contribution to SMA pathogenesis, single nucleus RNA sequencing, motor neuron development, developmental contributions to SMA, neuromuscular neurodegenerative disease, motor neuron differential vulnerability

Selected Publications:

  • Pluciennik A, Liu Y, Molotsky E, Marsh GB, Ranxhi B, Arnold FJ, St-Cyr S, Davidson B, Pourshafie N, Lieberman AP, Gu W, Todi SV, Merry DE. Deubiquitinase USP7 contributes to the pathogenicity of spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy. J Clin Invest. 2021 Jan 4;131(1):e134565. doi: 10.1172/JCI134565. PMID: 33170804; PMCID: PMC7773404.




Painting, walking with my dog in Patterson Park, baking, reading non-fiction, going to the beach, napping


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