Varun Warrier is a post doctoral researcher who is the director of genetics research of the Autism Research Centre in the UK. He also is part of the psychiatry department at the University of Cambridge. He studies the genetics of autism, human behavior and human neurobiology.
Warrier completed his PhD at the Autism Research Center where he worked on the genetics of empathy, theory of mind (has been disproven numerous times) and systemizing. He earned a Masters in Neuroscience at University College London (UCL). He then completed a Masters of Philopsohy and a PhD in psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. His PhD was fined by scholarships from St. John’s College, Cambridge and the Cabridge Trust. His Masters degree was funded by St. John’s Bursary and the Nehru Trust.
He is co-PI of the IMAGE (Investigating Autism Using Genetics and Epigenetics) Study. This study is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. In this study, he is working on identifying subtypes within autism by integrating genetic information from multiple international data bases. He is working to identify genetic variants in “multiplex autism families” and in talented mathematicians, and exploring if there is a mathematical ability and autism. This sounds almost identical to Simon Barron-Cohen.
Warrier is also a co-PI (principle investigator) on Spectrum 10k.
“Within autism, my research focuses on dissecting the heterogeneity of autism and autistic traits, and using genetics to inform health and wellbeing in autism.”
He is guilty of gendering autism with the paper “The sex divide: female empathy vs male logic.”
He also said “These sex differences in the typical population are very clear.” He could not be further from the truth. with working with Simon Baron Cohen, he has views that have been disproven and are extremely outdated.