Elizabeth R. Whitney,PhD,MSPT

Assistant Professor

Phone: 617-414-2338
Email: ewhitney@bu.edu
Location: L-1004, BUSMWhitney_FacultyPagePhoto

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Whitney received her B.S. in physical therapy from Simmons College, M.S. in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Whitney is the course director for the Dental Anatomical Sciences-I course. She also teaches in the Dental Anatomical Sciences-II and Medical Gross Anatomy courses. Her research efforts are aimed at examining the neuropathology in autism and its relationship to the developmental timing of this disorder. Using immunohistochemistry and standard histological staining techniques, the cerebellar organization as well as the relative density of neuronal subpopulations in the autistic cerebellum are examined.  The study of cerebral cortical organization, using immunohistochemistry, is also being pursued. Based on the known timing and sequence of CNS developmental events, our data has been useful in gaining insight into the timing of the pathology in the autistic brain.

Recent Publications

Whitney ER, Kemper TL, Rosene DL, Bauman ML, Blatt GJ. Density of cerebellar basket and stellate cells in autism: Evidence for a late developmental loss of Purkinje cells. Journal of Neuroscience Research 2009; 87:2245-54.

Whitney ER, Kemper TL, Bauman ML, Rosene DL, Blatt GJ. Cerebellar Purkinje cells are reduced in a subpopulation of autistic brains. Cerebellum 2008; 7: 406-416.

Whitney ER, Kemper TL, Rosene DL, Bauman ML, Blatt GJ. Calbindin-D28k is a more reliable marker of human Purkinje cells than standard Nissl stains: A stereological experiment. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 2008; 168:42-47.