We Are Weill Cornell Medicine | Dr. Elizabeth Ross

We Are Weill Cornell Medicine | Dr. Elizabeth Ross


Fairness and protecting others has always
been very important to me. I can recall, at a young age, a child in my
neighborhood had Down Syndrome and got some dirt on his hands. And that, um, really concerned him, because he
thought his hand was injured. And I brushed the dirt off this child’s
hand and told him not to worry, and took him home. It’s always been very important to me to
make people feel better. I have the privilege of both working at the
bench and also to work with families to be able to give them answers. I’m a neurogeneticist. And that means that I look for changes in
genes that lead to neurological disorders – things that affect the function of the
brain. Having the privilege of working with families
– hearing the challenges that they face as they move on in their life story is very
motivating. It keeps us engaged in trying to find answers
for them. And it’s not just me; it’s my whole laboratory. They have a sense of – ‘Well, we’re
working on this for somebody who’s out there.’

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