Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D.

Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics in Medicine, Columbia University
Director of Clinical Research, SFARI, Simons Foundation

SFARI Investigator, SFARI Staff Website

Wendy Chung is director of clinical research at SFARI and the principal investigator of SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research through Knowledge) and the Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP). She joined the foundation in 2012, after serving on the SFARI’s Scientific Advisory Board. Her role includes managing the research program in individuals with autism, evaluating opportunities to develop new treatments for autism including medications such as arbaclofen, and developing novel outcome measures to evaluate the efficacy of these treatments. She is involved in identifying novel genes for autism and characterizing the clinical features associated with these novel genes. She is leading the effort to build a community of individuals with autism and their families, working with them to better understand the causes of autism. Chung delivered a TED Talk, “What We Know About Autism.”

Chung earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and her Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University in human genetics. She completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowships in medical and molecular genetics at Columbia University. Chung is also the Kennedy Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University, where she directs the clinical genetics program and performs human genetics research.

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Funded Projects

SFARI Funded Publications

Quantifying the effects of 16p11.2 copy number variants on brain structure: A multisite genetic-first study. Martin-Brevet S., Rodriguez-Herreros B., Nielsen J.A., Moreau C., Modenato C., Maillard A.M., Pain A., Richetin S., Jonch A.E., Qureshi A.Y., Zurcher N.R., Conus P., 16p11.2 European Consortium, Simons Variation in Individuals Project (VIP) Consortium, Chung W., Sherr E., Spiro J., Kherif F., Beckmann J.S., Hadjikhani N., Reymond A., Buckner R., Draganski B., Jacquemont S.
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