Jonathan Kipnis

University of Virginia School of Medicine, USA

Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, and Director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, USA.


  • Sir Charles Clore scholarship and award of excellence in doctoral studies, 2002
  • Representative of Israeli Student Delegation for the International Summit of the American Academy of Achievement (Dublin, Ireland), 2002
  • Representative of Israeli Student Delegation, International Summit for Nobel Prize Laureates in Medicine (Lindau), 2003
  • Distinguished Prize for excellence in doctoral studies awarded by the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), 2004
  • Prize of excellence for doctoral studies awarded by the Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2004
  • Vada Kinman Oldfield Alzheimer’s Research Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2006
  • Robert Ader New Investigator Award, 2011
  • PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society (PNIRS), 2011
  • Jordi Folch-Pi award, American Society for Neurochemistry, 2012
  • Distinguished Research Career Development Award, University of Virginia, 2014
  • Gutenberg Research College (GRC) fellowship, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, 2015
  • Harrison Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professorship in Neuroscience, 2016
  • NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, 2018

Research Interests

Dr. Jonathan (Jony) Kipnis’s research group focuses on the complex interactions between the immune system and the central nervous system (CNS). The goal is to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these interactions in neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental, and mental disorders as well as in physiology (including healthy aging).