Scientific Collaborators

Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard University

Isaac (Zak) Kohane, MD, PhD

Dr. Kohane is Director of the Children’s Hospital Boston Informatics Program and is the Henderson Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He co-directs the HMS Center for Biomedical Informatics. He has been elected to multiple honor societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the Institute of Medicine.


Louis Kunkel, PhD

Dr. Kunkel identified the gene and encoded protein, dystrophin, which is mutated in boys with Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy. Recently, he became involved in the genetics of complex traits, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. He is Director of the Program in Genomics at CHB and Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, HMS. He has received 22 honors including membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Leonard (Lenny) Rappaport, MD, MS

Dr. Rappaport is Chief of Developmental Medicine and Mary Deming Scott Professor of Pediatrics, HMS.  He has directed the Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for 20 years training 100+ fellows. He is on the Steering Committee of the Boston Autism Consortium and the Subboard in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Society. He is currently President of the Society of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.


The George Washington University Medical Center


Valerie Hu, PhD

Dr. Hu is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her interest in the biological basis of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) stems from being the mother of a son with an ASD. Her laboratory uses a systems biology approach integrating large-scale data from genomic, behavioral, genetic, and epigenetic analyses. She received a B.S. with highest honors in Chemistry from the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from Caltech.