Elias Michaelis

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center
  • School of Pharmacy - Pharmacology & Toxicology
Simons Research Labs Room 107
University of Kansas
2095 Constant Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66047


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (1973)
  • M.D., St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO (1969)
  • B.S., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ (1966)


Elias Michaelis specializes in neurological and other biomedical sciences. His training an M.D. and a Ph.D. scientist has allowed me to conduct a wide variety of research into important biomedical problems, such as alcohol abuse and related brain damage, seizure neurobiology, and aging-associated neurodegeneration.  

During his Ph.D. training at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, he received a special fellowship awarded by the National Institutes on Neurological Diseases and Stroke. During the early stages of his scientific career, he received a MERIT award from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. He also received the Higuchi Award for Biomedical Sciences at the University of Kansas and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Louis University School of Medicine, and was named a University of Kansas Distinguished Professor. The research programs in his laboratory were supported continuously through funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the American Heart Association and private foundations and pharmaceutical companies. He has served on the scientific advisory boards of the Oread Laboratories Pharmaceutical, Promega Biotechnology  and Aventis pharmaceutical companies, as well as many NIH review panels.

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