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Medicine, Life Sciences

Chiara Manzini

Associate Professor, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Associate Professor, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


Dr. M. Chiara Manzini is an Associate Professor at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the Child Health Institute of New Jersey and the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology. The main goal of Dr. Manzini’s research is to bridge the genetics and mechanisms of disease to identify genes that are essential for human cognition and to define the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders focusing on autism and neuromuscular disorders.

#weareISSNAF Seminar Series

Intellectual disabilities and learning deficits affect 1-2% of the world population. While individually rare disease may only affect a small number of families, taken together hundreds of different genes contribute to the genetic causes of intellectual disability. Recent advances in DNA sequencing have given scientist unprecedented ability to study the human genome and for the past 15 years my work has focused on identifying mutations leading to brain disorders across the US, Europe and the Middle East, often as part of global collaborative efforts. We will talk about how gene impact brain development, learning and our interactions with others, and what finding rare disease mutation has taught us about how the brain works.

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