Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


In my path to becoming a physician-scientist, I have been deeply interested on the impact of genetic variation on brain disorders, and how to use discoveries in the field to enhance patient care. I have pursued clinical training in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and research training in genetics and neuroscience, which has given me a unique perspective to blend insights from these diverse but complementary fields. My research has focused onthe genetic underpinnings of autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions, specifically on the role of rare genetic variants as risk factors for developmental brain disorders. Together with my collaborators, we identified the 17q12 deletion as a risk factor for autism and schizophrenia by pulling together genetic data from over 70,000 people worldwide, and we have expanded our work on this and other rare genetic variants within the context of the Simons Foundation and the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium. This work has propelled my drive to focus the next stage of my career in developing the scientific support and infrastructure required to bring research discoveries in genetics to clinical practice and continue forging the path towards precision medicine in psychiatry.



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