Elena Minakova, M.D., M.S.  eminakova@wustl.edu

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Assistant Professor, Newborn Medicine

phone: (314) 454-6148


  • BS, University of California San Diego2004
  • MS, University of California San Diego2006
  • MD, University of California Davis School of Medicine2011


  • Residency, University of California San Francisco Children's Hospital Oakland2011 - 2014
  • Fellowship, University of California Los Angeles2014 - 2017

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2013 - PresCA, California Medical License
  • 2014 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics- General Pediatrics
  • 2016 - PresNeonatal Resuscitation Program Provider
  • 2016 - PresPediatric Advanced Life Support Provider
  • 2017 - PresMO, Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts Physician and Surgeon
  • 2018 - PresIL, State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon
  • 2018 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics - Neonatal Perinatal Medicine , 2018
  • 2018 - PresNeonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Theta Kappa2001
  • Golden Key International Honors Society2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa2004
  • 1st Place, Shapiro Award for Poster Presentation at Children's Discovery Institute, UCLA Annual Fellows Research Symposium2016
  • Children's Discovery Innovation Institute Friedman Fellowship Research Grant2016 - 2017
  • Janet and Ray Scherr Fellowship Loan Repayment Endownment Award2017 - 2017
  • 1st Place, Shapiro Award for Poster Presentation at Children's Discovery Institute, UCLA Annual Fellows Research Symposium2017
  • Recipient of Washington University Loan Repayment Program2018
  • Top Downloaded Paper 2018-2019 from Birth Defects Research: Maternal immune activation, central nervous system development and behavioral phenotypes2020
  • International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Abstract Award: Effects of Ontogenetic Oxycodone Exposure on Early Behavior and Development in a Mouse Model2020
  • American Federation of Medical Research Scholar Award2022

Recent Publications view all (10)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Perinatal Oxycodone Exposure Causes Long Term Sex-Dependent Changes in Sensory and Reward Processing in Adult Mice BioRxiv. 2022;3(3):3. 
  2. Ontogenetic oxycodone exposure affects early-life communicative behaviors, sensorimotor reflexes, and weight trajectory in mice. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience: Emotion Regulation and Processing . 2021;15:1-14. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2021.615798  
  3. Congenital Neuroblastoma. Neoreviews. 2020;21(11):e716-e727. PMID:33139509 
  4. Melanotan-II reverses autistic features in a maternal immune activation mouse model of autism PLOS1. 2019;14(1):e0210389. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0210389  PMID:30629642  
  5. Maternal immune activation, central nervous system development and behavioral phenotypes. Birth Defects Res. 2018. PMID:30430765 
  6. Congenital Hyperinsulinism. Pediatr Ann. 2017;46(11):e409-e414. PMID:29131920 
  7. Autism-Like Behavior in BTBR Mice Is Improved by Electroconvulsive Therapy. Neurotherapeutics. 2015;12(3):657-66. PMCID:PMC4489959  PMID:25916397 
  8. Congenital Heart Defects in Neonates: Determining the Incidence of Genetic Testing and Follow-up Consultation at UCLA Cancer Genetics. 2015;208(6):359. doi:10.1016/j.cancergen.2015.05.008  
  9. Botfly larva masquerading as periorbital cellulitis: identification by point-of-care ultrasonography. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2014;30(6):437-9. PMID:24892687 
  10. Embryonically Expressed GABA and Glutamate Drive Electrical Activity Regulating Neurotransmitter Specification J Neurosci. 2008;28(18):4777-4784. PMID:18448654  
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