Serena Bianchi, Ph.D.

Science Writer, SFARI, Simons Foundation

SFARI Staff

Serena Bianchi joined the foundation in 2017 as science writer for SFARI.org. Her responsibilities include contributing to communication of SFARI’s scientific priorities, research portfolio and resources for scientists.

Bianchi has an undergraduate degree from the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, a M.S. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a Ph.D. from the George Washington University. In her doctoral work, she studied the evolutionary neurobiology of cognition, with emphasis on the neuroanatomy of vocal production in nonhuman primates. Before joining the foundation, Bianchi was a postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she researched the neural bases of speech motor control. She is broadly interested in the neuroscience and genetic bases of human behavior and disease.

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SFARI workshop revisited the excitation-inhibition hypothesis of autism

On May 15, 2018, SFARI convened a workshop to revisit the excitation/inhibition (E/I) hypothesis of autism, a synaptic-based account of the disorder that has been highly influential in the last fifteen years of autism research. The workshop critically evaluated the E/I hypothesis in light of the current knowledge of autism pathophysiology and called for a more precise definition of the hypothesis that can help enable translational opportunities from animal- to human-based research.

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