Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Faculty Member, Institute for Genome Sciences and Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
I study the genetic causes and biological mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, using human genetics, systems biology, and stem cells. Systems genetics combines statistical genetics with network biology to discover mechanisms for complex traits, powered by exponential rises in genomic data. The long-term goals of these studies are to gain insight into the regulation of brain function and to enable the development of more precise diagnostics and therapies. I joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in September, 2016, following postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington, where I worked with Leroy Hood and Nathan Price, and at the University of California, Berkeley. where I worked with Kristin Scott. I completed my doctoral work in the laboratory of Gene Robinson at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where I studied molecular mechanisms of honey bee social behavior.