Elizabeth R. Whitney, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Elizabeth Whitney
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Boston University, PhD
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions, MS
  • Simmons College, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMS AN 719
  • GMS AN 723
  • GMS AN 725
  • GMS AN 726
  • GMS AN 804
  • GMS AN 804
  • GMS AN 805
  • GMS AN 805
  • GMS AN 824
  • GMSAN725
  • MED
  • MED MS 142
  • SDM MD 510
  • SDM MD 510
  • SDM MD 511
  • SDM OS 521
  • SDM OS 521
  • SDM OS 530
  • SDM OS 532


  • Published on 9/17/2022

    Rathod S, Kolus R, Kim B, Gurnani S, Kim A, Kim E, Tan F, Van Roy I, Whitney E, MacNeil M, Wisco JJ. A case of abnormally dilated and tortuous arc of Buhler and pancreaticoduodenal arteries in the absence of celiac trunk stenosis. Surg Radiol Anat. 2022 Oct; 44(10):1343-1347. PMID: 36114879.

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  • Published on 6/4/2021

    Nada E, Elmansoury A, Elkassabany N, Whitney ER. Location of the entry point of the muscular branch of the nerve to vastus medialis. Br J Anaesth. 2021 08; 127(2):e58-e60. PMID: 34092383.

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  • Published on 8/1/2009

    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. J Neurosci Res. 2009 Aug 1; 87(10):2245-54. PMID: 19301429.

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  • Published on 1/1/2008

    Whitney ER, Kemper TL, Bauman ML, Rosene DL, Blatt GJ. Cerebellar Purkinje cells are reduced in a subpopulation of autistic brains: a stereological experiment using calbindin-D28k. Cerebellum. 2008; 7(3):406-16. PMID: 18587625.

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  • Published on 9/16/2007

    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. J Neurosci Methods. 2008 Feb 15; 168(1):42-7. PMID: 17961663.

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