Using frogs to understand risk and resilience in autism
March 28, 2022 to May 1, 2022
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Helen Willsey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
Helen Willsey, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF. She has developed a high-throughput Xenopus tropicalis frog model system to 1) study many large-effect autism risk genes in parallel during brain development, and 2) screen small molecules to identify resiliency pathways to counter these effects. Dr. Willsey completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. Matthew State at UCSF in 2021, receiving the Psychiatry Department Trainee Research Award. She received a PhD in Genetics and the Carolyn Slayman Prize from Yale University in 2015. She received a BS degree in Biology and the Edward C. Horn Memorial Prize from Duke University in 2009.