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External Advisory Board

The Center for Autism Research and Translation at UC Irvine benefits from guidance by a board comprised of distinguished leaders.

Gabriel Vargas, MD, PhD
Executive Medical Director & Neuroscience Therapeutic Area Head, Early Development at Amgen

Paul Negulescu, PhD

  • Biotech expert who led recent successful cystic fibrosis drug discovery
  • Vice President of Research at Vertex

Daniel Gil, PhD
Vice President of BioScience in Discovery Research of Allergan Inc.

Margaret Bauman, MD

  • Pediatric neurologist and research investigator who has been a pioneer in the study and treatment of autism
  • Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • Founding Director, LADDERS Program
  • Mass General Distinguished Scholar, Lurie Family Autism Center for Children

Uta Francke, MD

  • Leader in the field of model mechanisms of autism such as Rett and Prader-Willi syndromes
  • Past President, American Society of Human Genetics
  • Senior Medical Director, 23andMe
  • Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Recipient of the William Allan Award

Gregg Mashberg, Esq
Partner and co-head of the Securities Litigation & Enforcement Group and former Chair of the Litigation Department of Proskauer, an international corporate law practice

Jonathan Shestack

  • Co-founder, Cure Autism Now
  • Member, NIH Internal Autism Coordinating Committee