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Christian P. Schaaf, M.D., Ph.D.

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Phone - 832-824-8787
Fax - 713-798-8728
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Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine


Research Focus: To identify genes involved in rare or unidentified genetic disorders to learn how genes influence behavior and to develop novel therapeutic strategies for neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders such as CHRNA7, MAGEL2, USP7 associated disorders.

The Schaaf Lab uses cutting-edge genetic techniques such as chromosome microarray analysis and whole genome sequencing approaches to identify the causes of developmental delay, intellectual disability, autism, and other neuropsychiatric disorders in pediatric patients which are further studied in animal models, with the aim at understanding the gene’s biological function and the long-term goal of identifying suitable drug targets for therapeutic intervention.

This approach has led to the identification of several novel neurodevelopmental disorders such as Schaaf-Yang syndrome, Bosch-Boonstra-Schaaf syndrome, CHRNA7  and USP7 associated disorders.



Quantitative real-time imaging of glutathione.
Jiang X, Chen J, Bajić A, Zhang C, Song X, Carroll SL, Cai ZL, Tang M, Xue M, Cheng N, Schaaf CP, Li F, MacKenzie KR, Ferreon ACM, Xia F, Wang MC, Maletić-Savatić M, Wang J

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