Associate Professor of Genetics, Professor of Psychiatry
My research focuses on trying to understand the genetic and cellular underpinnings of both normal behavior and psychiatric disorders, primarily autism. We combine data from human genetics studies with high throughput cell-type specific gene expression profiling to identify genes and circuits that may contribute to mental disorders, which we then test with mouse models. We are particularly focused on neuromodulatory systems and glia.
- BSc: Truman State University, 1999
- PhD: Neuroscience: University of California Los Angeles, 2005
- Postdoc: Nathaniel Heintz, Rockefeller University, 2010
- Neurogenetics & Transcriptomics