Elliott Sherr, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Elliott Sherr is a physician and neuroscientist dedicated to caring for children with autism, epilepsy and other neurological disorders, and to understanding the genetic causes of these disorders in order to find better treatments.

The investigations in his laboratory at UCSF, the Brain Development Research Program, aim to understand, prevent and better treat common and severe childhood neurological diseases such as epilepsy, autism and intellectual disability.

Dr. Sherr uses a surprising range of research techniques – from genetics, animal models and imaging to clinical assessments and epidemiology – to create a multi-faceted and robust approach to uncovering the causes of these disorders. He has studied the genes behind versions of autism and epilepsy in the mouse brain. He has also used advanced imaging techniques to study the effects of disruptions in the communication between the two sides of the brain, a plausible cause of autism.

Sherr graduated from Stanford University with undergraduate degrees in philosophy and biology. He earned a doctorate in neuroscience and a medical degree at Columbia University, and completed pediatrics and neurology residencies at UCSF. As director of the Comprehensive Clinic for Brain Development at UCSF, and co-director of the UCSF Neurometabolic Program and Clinic, he also directs efforts to address autism and other neurological disorders in the clinical arena.