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

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