Kathryn Helde, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, MedSci Director

Kathryn Helde, PhD, lives in Seattle, WA and is the parent of three young men, including one living with SYNGAP1-Related Disorder. Kathryn graduated from Princeton University (Molecular Biology) in 1988. She studied developmental biology and genetics for her graduate research at the University of Utah (Human Genetics, 1995), her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington (Pharmacology, 1995-1999), and as a research scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Kathryn is passionate about understanding the molecular basis of SYNGAP1-Related Disorder and how to effectively treat it. Kathryn has volunteered with SynGAP Research Fund behind the scenes for 4 years, and comes to the CSO position excited to help SRF advance great ideas into reliable, safe, available, meaningful treatments for SYNGAP1-Related Disorder.

Kathryn is a parent coach, enjoys teaching genetics and quilting, and has mastered making homemade sweet pickles and Norwegian Christmas bread (Julekakke).

View press release announcing Kathryn as our CSO here.

Email: cso@curesyngap1.org