Dr. Elise Robinson is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Robinson is also an affiliated faculty member with the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of behavior and cognition. She is interested in using genetic data to understand the biology of neurodevelopmental variation, and to study differences within and between neuropsychiatric disorders. She co-chairs the Autism Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and the Program in Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Broad Institute.
Recent studies have produced a wealth of genetic associations to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and related neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Robinson’s lab focuses on interpretation of these results using detailed human behavioral, cognitive, and medical data. Dr. Robinson will discuss rare and common genetic risk factors for ASDs, and the association between those risk factors and ASD heterogeneity.