Varun Warrier

Doctoral Scientist

Varun is working on the genetics of Autism Spectrum Conditions, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the Autism Research Trust. His PhD is funded by scholarships from St John's College, Cambridge, and the Cambridge Trust. Prior to his PhD he completed an MPhil at the ARC, Cambridge, funded by St John's College Bursary, and the Nehru Trust.

He is also testing the genetic basis of mathematical ability, empathy, systemizing, and autistic traits in the typical population. His work has used candidate gene/SNP methods, focusing on genes such as GABRB3 and OXTR, as well as whole genome association methods.

He works closely with Dr Bhismadev Chakrabarti, Illumina Inc, 23andMe Inc, and is collaborating with Professor Thomas Bourgeron at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

Prior to moving to Cambridge he completed a Masters in Neuroscience at University College London, and a Bachelors in Zoology, Madras Christian College, India.

Publications include:

Warrier V, Chee V, Smith PL, Chakrabarti B, Baron-Cohen S (2015) A comprehensive meta-analysis of common genetic variants in Autism Spectrum Conditions. Mol Autism. 6:49

Warrier V, Chakrabarti B, Laura Murphy, Chan A, Craig I, Mallya U, Lakatosova S, Rehnstrom K, Peltonen-Palotie L, Wheelwright S, Allison C, Fisher S and Baron-Cohen S (2015) Pooled genome-wide association study identifies nominally significant loci for Asperger Syndrome. PLoS One. 10(7):e0131202

Di Napoli A, Warrier V,Murphy L, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2015) Genetic variation         rs17225178 in the ARNT2 gene is associated with Asperger Syndrome. Mol Autism. 6:9

Warrier V, Di Napoli A, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014) Genetic variation in the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene is associated with Asperger Syndrome. Mol Autism. 5(1):48

Baron-Cohen S, Murphy L, Chakrabarti B, Craig I, Mallya U, Lakatosova S, Rehnstrom K, Peltonen-Palotie L, Wheelwright S, Allison C, Fisher S and Warrier V (2014) A genome wide association study of mathematical ability reveals an association at chromosome 3q29. PLOS One. 9(5):e96374

Durdiakova J, Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014) SLC25A12 is associated with Asperger Syndrome. Mol Autism. 5(1):25. 

Durdiakova J, Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014) STX1A and Asperger Syndrome: a replication study. Mol Autism. 5(1):14

Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2013) Genetic variation in GABRB3 is associated with Asperger Syndrome and multiple endophenotypes relevant to autism. Mol Autism. 4(1):4

Warrier V, Viera M, Mole SE (2013) Genetic basis and phenotypic correlations of the neuronal ceroid lipofusinoses. Biochim Biophys Acta. (11):1827-30.

Guerreiro R, Bras JT, Vieira M, Warrier V, Agrawal S, Stewart H, Anderson G, Mole SE (2013) CLN6 disease caused by the same mutation originating in Pakistan has varying pathology Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 17(6):657-60.

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