Alan Packer

As associate director for research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, Alan Packer, Ph.D., helps to oversee a portfolio of grants to scientists working on all aspects of autism research. He did his graduate work in cell biology and genetics at the Weill Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental genetics at Columbia University. Prior to joining the Simons Foundation he spent eight years as an editor at the journal Nature Genetics.