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Stephen Warren
Alumnus, 1976, 1981
Atlanta, Georgia
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Stephen Warren

Decoding a genetic mystery.

Alumnus, 1976, 1981
Atlanta, Georgia


As a human geneticist who researches diseases, Stephen Warren is part detective, part explorer--searching for subtle clues in DNA and charting new medical territory.
“You don’t discover things every day,” says Warren, chairperson of the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University. “But when you do, it’s really fun.”

In 1991, Warren was instrumental in identifying the gene responsible for fragile X syndrome--a form of autism that causes developmental delays and cognitive impairments. That milestone was the tip of a complex iceberg that he’s been chipping away at ever since.

Nearly two decades later, Warren and fellow Emory researchers continue working to enhance their understanding of the syndrome, with the goal of developing a therapeutic treatment that could open a new world for those with autism.