Jonas B. Galper, MD, PhD, is a graduate of Harvard University majoring in chemistry. He received his PhD in biochemistry and his MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He received training at The New England Medical Center and served as a clinical associate in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he studied sodium and calcium channel function and autonomic regulation of the heart in the laboratory of Dr. Marshall Nirenberg. Dr. Galper completed his cardiology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and rose to the rank of associate professor before moving to the Tufts Medical Center.
He was awarded an established investigatorship by the American Heart Association and has served on the editorial boards of Circulation Research and the Journal of Biological Chemistry and on peer review committees of the American Heart Association and the NIH.
His research interests include autonomic regulation of the heart and the study of molecular mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death in diabetes. His research interests in Parkinson’s disease stem from important parallels that he has established between abnormalities of repolarization of the heart in diabetic patients and similar abnormalities in dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra that might play a role in cell death.