Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics

Nelson Freimer, MD (Director)

Dr. Nelson Freimer is Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics and Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Associate Director for Research Programs of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and […]

Dan Geschwind, MD, PhD (Co-Director)

Dr. Dan Geschwind is the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, Neurology and Psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Precision Health at UCLA […]

Carrie Bearden, PhD

Dr. Carrie Bearden’s research aims to understand genetic influences on brain structure in the development of serious mental illness, using converging methods to study intermediate neurobehavioral traits in clinical high-risk […]

Eliza Congdon, PhD

Dr. Eliza Congdon’s research interests are in the neurobiological mechanisms of depression and response to fast-acting treatment interests. She is the Project Director of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, which […]

Jonathan Flint, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Flint’s laboratory investigates the causes of depression, taking as a starting point the known genetic susceptibility to the disorder. They map genetic loci in different populations (East Asian […]

C.Y. Daniel Lee, PhD

Dr. C.Y. Daniel Lee is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He received his B.S. and […]

Loes Olde Loohuis, PhD

Dr. Loes Olde Loohuis’ research focuses on elucidating the underlying molecular mechanisms of severe mental illness, in particular schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, by utilizing and developing computational approaches to leverage  […]

Roel Ophoff, PhD

Dr. Roel Ophoff is a professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine. His research laboratory is located within the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics and he […]

Christina Palmer, MS, PhD

Dr. Christina Palmer is a geneticist who specializes in genetic counseling for deafness, and for psychiatric conditions. She is actively involved in undergraduate, graduate, and medical education. Dr. Palmer is […]

X. William Yang, MD, PhD

Dr. Yang’s laboratory integrates mouse genetics and systems biology to study pathogenesis and therapeutics of neurodegenerative disorders, including Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.  His laboratory also develops novel […]

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