Dr. Elena Gallo MacFarlane is an Assistant Professor in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. She studies the genetic, epigenetic and biochemical mechanisms that account for susceptibility to signaling perturbations in vascular disease, with particular focus on hereditary forms of aneurysm.

She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Milan, Italy and a PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine before joining the faculty. She is a member of the American Society for Human Genetics, the American Heart Association and the North American Vascular Biology Organization. more


  • Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • Ph.D.; Stanford University School of Medicine (California) (2008)
  • B.S.; University of Milan (Italy) (2002)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

View all on PubMed

Gallo EM, Loch DC, Habashi JP, Calderon JF, Chen Y, Bedja D, van Erp C, Gerber EE, Parker SJ, Sauls K, Judge DP, Cooke SK, Lindsay ME, Rouf R, Myers L, ap Rhys CM, Kent KC, Norris RA, Huso DL and Dietz HC. (2014). Angiotensin II-dependent TGF-β signaling contributes to Loeys-Dietz syndrome vascular pathogenesis. J Clinical Investigation, 124(1): 448-460

Gallo MacFarlane E, Parker SJ, Shin JY, Ziegler SG, Creamer TJ, Bagirzadeh R, Bedja D, Chen Y, Calderon SF, Weissler K., Guerrerio PA, Lindsay ME, Habashi JP and Dietz HC. (2019) Lineage-specific events underlie aortic root aneurysm pathogenesis in Loeys-Dietz syndrome”. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Epub 2019/01/08

Gallo MacFarlane E, Haupt J, Dietz HC, Shore E (2017). TGF-beta Family Signaling in Connective Tissue and Skeletal Diseases. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2017 Nov 1;9(11); a022269.

Contact for Research Inquiries

Laboratory MRB453
733 N. Broadway
Miller Research Building
Baltimore, MD 21205 map
Phone: 410-955-4134

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

Is this you? Edit Profile
back to top button