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Emilie Wigdor


Postdoctoral Research Scientist

My research focuses on the genetics and functional genomics of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. In the Sanders Group, my main projects are BrainVar and BrainNet. These studies use whole genome sequencing and single-cell multi-omic approaches to analyze gene expression across the span of human cerebral cortical development, and to dissect the autism transcriptome.

Prior to joining the Sanders Group at the IDRM and Department of Paediatrics, I did my PhD in genomics at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge. There, I investigated the role of common variation and spliceosome variants in rare disorders, with a focus on undiagnosed neurodevelopment disorders.

Before my PhD, I trained as an associate computational biologist at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, where I worked on the genetic epidemiology of autism, particularly on sex-bias.

I completed my undergraduate in 2015 in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology at Harvard University.