Clarence Schutt, Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

TITLE:  Director and Chief Scientific Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Autism research

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PROFILE: Clarence Schutt is the director and chief scientific officer for the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation. His Princeton University bio shares:

Clarence Schutt's major research focus has been investigating how nature converts chemical energy into movement, with a focus on the structure and dynamics of crystalline profilin-beta-actin and the family of actin-binding proteins.

Early in his career, Schutt published a landmark study on methods for revealing the structure of an intact virus using X-ray crystallography that formed the core of modern crystallographic data collection programs for large biological structures. After his son was diagnosed with autism, Schutt developed an interest in autism research and taught courses on the structural biology of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Schutt received his B.S. in physics at the University of Michigan, his M.S. in physics at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard. Before coming to Princeton in 1985, he worked as a researcher at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology. After retiring, Schutt will continue as the director and chief scientific officer of the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, which is committed to helping autistic people lead rewarding lives.

His honors include:


  • Distinguished Lectureship, University of Pennsylvania (2013)
  • Honorary Professorship, San Marcos University (Lima, Peru, 2006)
  • Ph.D. Honoris Causa, Stockholm University (1988)


Information about Schutt’s teaching, research, and work in autism can be viewed on his Princeton website. Read his article, “Reflections on Fatherhood, Autism, and Hope,” to learn more about his background.