Dr Varun Warrier

University position

Research Associate

Dr Varun Warrier is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Psychiatry


Autism Research Centre



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Research Themes

Developmental Neuroscience

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


I work on the genetics of autism, human behaviour, and human neurobiology. Within in autism, my research focuses on dissecting the heterogeneity of autism and autistic traits, and using genetics to inform health and wellbeing in autism.

In human behaviour, I work on the genetic contribution to socially mediated human behaviour such as empathy, theory of mind, and childhood maltreatment.

In neurobiology, my work aims to understand the contribution of genetics to the structure and function of the human brain.

This publication list is not up to date. Please see my google scholar page for the most up-to-date list of publications: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=_f3ym2cAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Focus




Sequencing studies

Clinical conditions



Behavioural analysis

Genetic Association

Genetic Sequencing

Neuropsychological testing


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Key publications

Greenberg DM, Warrier V, Allison C, Baron-Cohen S. (2018), “Testing the Empathizing-Systemizing theory of sex differences and the Extreme Male Brain theory of autism in half a million people.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

Romero-Garcia R, Warrier V, Bullmore ET, Baron-Cohen S, Bethlehem RAI. (2018), “Synaptic and transcriptionally downregulated genes are associated with cortical thickness differences in autism.” Mol Psychiatry.

Warrier V, Grasby K, Uzefovsky F, Toro R, Smith P, Chakrabarti B, Khadake J, Mawbey-Adamson E, Litterman N, Hottenga J, Lubke G, Boomsma DI, Martin NG, Hatemi PK, Medland SE, Hinds DA, Bourgeron T, and Baron-Cohen S. (2017), “Genome-wide meta-analysis of cognitive empathy: heritability, and correlates with sex, neuropsychiatric conditions and cognition ” Molecular Psychiatry

Warrier V, Toro R, Chakrabarti B, The iPSYCH-Broad Autism Group, Grove J, Borglum AD, The 23andMe Research Team, Hinds DA, Bourgeron T, Baron-Cohen S (2017), “Genome-wide analyses of self-reported empathy: correlations with autism, schizophrenia, and anorexia nervosa” Translational Psychiatry



Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S. (2018), “Genetic contribution to 'theory of mind' in adolescence.” Sci Rep. 8(1):3465


Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S (2017), “The Genetics of Autism” eLS 1-9

Warrier V, Bethlehem RAI, Baron-Cohen S (2017), “The 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes' Test” Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences 1-5


Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S (2016), “Genetics of Mathematical Aptitude ” eLS 1–6.


Di Napoli A, Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2015), “Genetic variant rs17225178 in the ARNT2 gene is associated with Asperger Syndrome.” Mol Autism 6:9 Details

Warrier V, Chakrabarti B, Murphy L, Chan A, Craig I, Mallya U, Lakatošová S, Rehnstrom K, Peltonen L, Wheelwright S, Allison C, Fisher SE, Baron-Cohen S (2015), “A Pooled Genome-Wide Association Study of Asperger Syndrome.” PLoS One 10(7):e0131202 Details

Warrier V, Chee V, Smith P, Chakrabarti B, Baron-Cohen S (2015), “A comprehensive meta-analysis of common genetic variants in autism spectrum conditions” Mol Autism 6:49


Baron-Cohen S, Murphy L, Chakrabarti B, Craig I, Mallya U, Lakatošová S, Rehnstrom K, Peltonen L, Wheelwright S, Allison C, Fisher SE, Warrier V (2014), “A genome wide association study of mathematical ability reveals an association at chromosome 3q29, a locus associated with autism and learning difficulties: a preliminary study.” PLoS One 9(5):e96374 Details

Di Napoli A, Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014), “Genetic variation in the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene is associated with Asperger Syndrome.” Mol Autism 5(1):48 Details

Durdiaková J, Warrier V, Banerjee-Basu S, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014), “STX1A and Asperger syndrome: a replication study.” Mol Autism 5(1):14 Details

Durdiaková J, Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014), “Single nucleotide polymorphism rs6716901 in SLC25A12 gene is associated with Asperger syndrome.” Mol Autism 5(1):25 Details


Guerreiro R, Bras JT, Vieira M, Warrier V, Agrawal S, Stewart H, Anderson G, Mole SE (2013), “CLN6 disease caused by the same mutation originating in Pakistan has varying pathology.” Eur J Paediatr Neurol 17(6):657-60 Details

Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2013), “Genetic variation in GABRB3 is associated with Asperger syndrome and multiple endophenotypes relevant to autism.” Mol Autism 4(1):48 Details

Warrier V, Vieira M, Mole SE (2013), “Genetic basis and phenotypic correlations of the neuronal ceroid lipofusinoses.” Biochim Biophys Acta 1832(11):1827-30 Details