Jasmeer P. Chhatwal, MD, PhD

Title: Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Telephone: (617) 726-1728

I am a research-oriented neurologist who is fascinated by the complex neurobiology that underlies human memory and the manner in which advanced age and neurodegenerative disease both diminish our capacity to form memories and recall information.  I received my undergraduate degrees in biology and philosophy from Yale University, followed by Ph.D. (Neuroscience) and M.D. degrees from Emory University, and a Master’s degree from Harvard Medical School.  I moved to MGH and BWH in 2009 as a resident in Adult Neurology, and stayed on to do my fellowship in Memory Disorders at MGH. I am now an attending physician and scientist in the MGH Department of Neurology, and an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School.


My central interest is to deepen our understanding of how neurodegenerative diseases degrade cognitive neural networks and apply this knowledge to help patients with memory disorders.  My current research uses multi-modal neuroimaging (PET, functional and structural MRI), pharmacology, and genetics to better understand what differentiates individuals aging normally from those early on the pathway to neurodegeneration and severe cognitive decline.  I have a particular interest in genetic susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease, and serve as the MGH/BWH site leader for the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN; headquartered at Washington University, Dr. Randall Bateman PI; please see www.dian-info.org for more information).


I am grateful for the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of individuals at the MGH Memory Disorders Clinic, the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and the BWH Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment. I work particularly closely with Drs. Reisa Sperling and Keith Johnson, my primary mentors and co-leaders of the Harvard Aging Brain Study (http://nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/lab/harvardagingbrain). 


More publications may be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=chhatwal%20jp