Marjorie I. and Bernard A. Mitchell Distinguished Service Professor of Human Genetics
Dean for Basic Science, Biological Sciences Division
My research focuses on the identification and characterization of heritable mutations that affect the nervous system. Research projects vary from genetic mapping of rare (Mendelian) disease mutations and characterization of their downstream consequences to the study of common heritable disorders using mouse models as well as genomic and bioinformatic approaches. I am collaborating with experts in data-mining and network topology, systems biology, large-scale computing, and statistical genetics to develop new approaches to map the multi-gene determinants of common neuropsychiatric disorders. By reducing possible gene-gene combinations to those documented in the literature or whole genome databases, we avoid the penalties of multiple-testing. We are also collaborating to build software solutions for large-scale data mining and data integration.