Brigitta Gundersen joined the foundation in 2016 as a member of the team of scientists responsible for managing SFARI’s autism grant portfolio. In particular, she focuses on grants involving work in animal models employing behavioral, electrophysiological and molecular approaches. She is also responsible for overseeing the Autism Rat Consortium.
Gundersen earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. Her graduate work, in the laboratory of Julie Blendy, focused on uncovering the molecular mechanisms underlying the behavioral effects of antidepressants in mouse models. Following her graduate work, Gundersen joined Nature Neuroscience as a scientific editor, where she coordinated peer review of papers across the entire field of neuroscience (specializing in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders), as well as writing for the journal and organizing special focus issues and international meetings.