Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Director, Brain Development Research Program
Phone: (415) 514-9306
Dr. Elliott Sherr is the founder and Principal Investigator of the Brain Development Research Program. Dr. Sherr is a Child Neurologist, and he is invested in elucidating the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and epilepsy, with a particular focus in structural brain malformations such as agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC). In addition to studying the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Sherr is also leading the BDRP to better understand how brain structure and function is related to behavior using advanced imaging tools such as fMRI, DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) and MEG technology. In a similar manner, Dr. Sherr is the Principal Investigator of the neuroimaging core of the Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP) that studies the most common known cause of autism, chromosomal rearrangements at 16p11.2 The goal of this project is to define the structural and functional relationships within the brain in autistic individuals, with the hope that this knowledge can eventually be used as an essential tool for understanding autism biology and for monitoring the success of potential novel treatments. In addition to his efforts at the BDRP and the Simons VIP, Dr. Sherr co-directs the neurometabolic program and clinic at UCSF, and is an active attending physician in the division of child neurology. Dr. Sherr was the recipient of the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award from the Child Neurology Society and the Child Neurology Foundation Scientific Award.
Dr. Sherr completed his undergraduate education in Biology and Philosophy at Stanford University, and attained his MD and PhD degrees at Columbia University. Dr. Sherr trained in Pediatrics and completed his residency in Child Neurology at UCSF, where he also completed a research fellowship prior to opening his own lab.