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Susanna B. Mierau, MD

Susanna Mierau, MD, DPhil is a pediatric and adult neurologist on staff at the Lurie Center for Autism, a multidisciplinary program that treats children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Department of Neurology


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Lurie Center for Autism
Clinical Interests
Autism spectrum disorders
Neurodevelopmental disorders
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Lexington: Lurie Center for Autism
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Mierau is a neurologist and neuroscientist focused on autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders.  She trained as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and as a graduate student at the University of Oxford where she received her doctorate in Neuroscience.  She completed her medical training at Harvard Medical School and neurology residency program the combine program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  She now combines a research career investigating the neurobiological basis of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders with clinical care at the Lurie Center.

Dr. Mierau's neuroscience research focuses on understanding how sensory experience shapes the developing brain and how this process is disrupted in neurodevelopmental disorders including Rett syndrome and some patients with autism.  In her research at Oxford, she studied the role of sensory experience on the development of synapses, the connections between brain cells, in the part of the brain that responds to touch.  She is now using similar techniques to investigate how synaptic function is altered in Rett syndrome, in brain region that processes vision, and to test new drugs that target the synaptic dysfunction. This research is important for understanding the regression of language, social and cognitive function in Rett syndrome and for developing new treatments.

Lurie Center for Autism
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421-3114

Phone: 781-860-1700
Fax: 781-860-1766

Neurology Associates
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-726-3402