Serena Bianchi joined the foundation in 2017 as science writer for SFARI.org. In 2019, she also became science writer for Autism BrainNet, a SFARI initiative that promotes autism research using postmortem brain tissue. As of May 2020, she is the editor of SFARI.org and autismbrainnet.org, Autism BrainNet’s website. Her responsibilities include communicating SFARI’s scientific mission, research portfolio and resources to scientists, as well as explaining the value of the research being facilitated by Autism BrainNet to the autism community.
Bianchi has an undergraduate degree from the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, an M.S. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a Ph.D. from the George Washington University. Before joining the foundation, Bianchi was a postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she studied the neural bases of speech motor control. She is broadly interested in the neuroscience and genetic basis of human behavior, cognition and disease.