Chris Gunter, PhD
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Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Chris Gunter, PhD, earned her doctorate degree in human genetics at Emory University in 1998, studying fragile X syndrome and mechanisms of dynamic mutation. She then moved to Case Western Reserve University and completed postdoctoral work on X chromosome inactivation and an editorial fellowship at the journal Human Molecular Genetics. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Gunter served as a senior editor for the journal Nature, handling the areas of genetics, genomics and gene therapy.

In 2008, Dr. Gunter joined the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology as the director of research affairs, where she also held adjunct professor appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Alabama Huntsville and University of Alabama Birmingham.

Since 2014, Dr. Gunter has been an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at the Emory University School of Medicine, as well as a director of scientific communications for Marcus Autism Center as part of the research team. At Marcus Autism Center, Dr. Gunter coordinates genetics activities and science communication, working with researchers and the public to publish and translate scientific findings. She is also an investigator on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Autism Center of Excellence grant and the NIH Autism Center of Excellence Network grant run by University of California Los Angeles, and the principal investigator for the SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge) clinical site based at Emory. She is a frequent lecturer on both autism genetics and the importance of translating science for multiple audiences and media.


  • Gunter C. (2015). Autism: Seeing the spectrum entire. Nature, 524, 288-289.

Speaking Engagements

  • Gunter, C. (2015). Doing science is not enough: the importance of communicating your science to any audience you can. Lecture conducted from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Gunter, C. (2016). Precision medicine in social media (and for imprecise phenotypes). Institute of Medicine Health Literacy Roundtable meeting on Precision Medicine.
  • Gunter, C. (2017). Ethics & social media: considerations for health service providers. Marcus Autism Center Advanced CE Symposium. Lecture conducted from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gunter, C. (2017). What do rigor and reproducibility mean in the changing world of science communication? American Society of Human Genetics.
  • Gunter, C. (2018). Genetics at the largest center for clinical care of autism in the US. HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Conference. Lecture conducted from Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Gunter, C. (2018). Emerging paths to publishing your work: the good, the bad, and the ugly. International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID). Lecture conducted from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gunter, C. (2018). Doing science is not enough: the importance of communicating your work in any way you can. Association of American Medical Colleges GREAT Professional Development Group. Lecture conducted from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gunter, C. (2018). Achieving genomics literacy for the masses: providing meaningful education for multiple audiences. American Society of Human Genetics. Lecture conducted from San Diego, California.
  • Gunter, C. (2018). New developments in science communication. Emory Department of Human Genetics Retreat. Lecture conducted from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gunter, C. (2018). Moving from science communication to science engagement in autism research and clinical practice, focusing on genetics. Fondation Brocher. Lecture conducted from Hermance, Switzerland.

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