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The Brookdale Foundation Group


Frank W. Burr Blvd

Suite 13

Teaneck, NJ









Stephen J. Bonasera, MD, PhD

Stephen J. Bonasera

Dr. Bonasera was a Senior Fellow (class of 2002) in Geriatric Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his doctorate at Emory University under the mentorship of Dr. T. Richard Nichols; his dissertation focused on spinal cord neurophysiology. He received his medical degree from Emory University, and completed medical residency and geriatric fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and an adjunct faculty member of the University of California, San Francisco, Memory and Aging Center.

We study the neurobiology of normal aging, focusing in particular on age-related changes in functional behaviors (such as eating, drinking, maintaining physical activity, and the circadian performance of these behaviors) that may limit one’s ability to remain independent. These studies include (1) sophisticated measures of mouse home cage behavior as a function of age, (2) measures of regional CNS gene expression as a function of age, and (3) correlation of these findings to identify specific genes, networks, and CNS regions key to influencing how age modifies functional behavior. We also work to translate these findings to ambulatory populations of elderly adults. Our work is currently supported by the NIH and the National Academy of Sciences – Keck Futures Initiative

Brookdale Fellow Class of 2002