Rebecca Levy, MD, PhD


Child Neurology Residency: Stanford

Pediatric Residency: Stanford Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

PhD in Neurobiology: Columbia University

Undergraduate: Yale University


  • Neurogenetics
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Modeling and Therapeutics of Rare Diseases



Karayiorgou M, Levy RJ, Xu B. “Genetic architecture of schizophrenia: the contribution of copy number variation” Ed. Brown A, Patterson P; The Origins of Schizophrenia; Columbia University Press; New York; 2011; 210-226.

Kvajo M, McKellar H, Drew L, Lepagnol-Bestel AM, Xiao L, Levy RJ, Blazeski R, Arguello PA, Lacefield C, Mason C, Simmoneau M, O’Donnell J, MacDermott A, Karayiorgou M, Gogos JA. "Altered axonal targeting and short-term plasticity in the hippocampus of Disc1 mutant mice." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  2011;108(49):1349-58.

Levy RJ, Xu B, Gogos JA, Karayiorgou M. “Copy Number Variation and Psychiatric Disease Risk” Methods in Molecular Biology 2012; 838:97-113.

Levy RJ, Gutierrez Rios P, Akman HO, Sciacco M, De Vivo DC, DiMauro S. “Long survival in patients with Leigh syndrome and the m.10191T>C mutation in MT-ND3: a case report and review of the literature.” Journal of Child Neurology 2014;29(10):105-110.

Levy RJ, Kvajo M, Li Y, Tsvetkov E, Dong W, Yoshikawa Y, Kataoka T, Bolshakov V, Karayiorgou M, Gogos JA. “Deletion of Rapgef6, a candidate schizophrenia susceptibility gene, disrupts amygdala function in mice.” Translational Psychiatry 2015:e577.

Lopez-Gomez C, Levy RJ, Sanchez-Quintero MJ, Juanola-Falgarona M, Barca E, Garcia-Diaz B, Tadesse S, Garone C, Hirano M. “Deoxycytidine and deoxythymidine treatment for Thymidine Kinase 2 deficiency.” Annals of Neurology 2017;81(5):641-652.


Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society 

Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society 

Medical student feedback award 

Jerry Jacobs Prize for excellence in Pediatrics 

Helen Sciarra Prize for outstanding achievement in Neurology 

Drs Nastuk, Seegal, Hsu Award for successful laboratory collaboration

Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award for women in top 10% graduating class 

Poster excellence award at Columbia MD/PhD Student Symposium 

Columbia Student Support Network teaching excellence award 



Cooking and baking

Teaching my son to swim