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Jordan W. SmollerM.D., Sc.D.
Dr. Jordan Smoller is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He is Associate Chief for Research for the MGH Department of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Genetics. He is Director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the MGH Center for Human Genetics Research. Dr. Smoller also serves as co-director of the Genetics and Genomics Unit of the MGH Clinical Research Program, is an Associate Member of the Broad Institute and a Senior Scientist at the Broad’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research.
Dr. Smoller earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. After completing residency training in psychiatry at McLean Hospital, Dr. Smoller received masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the NIMH Training Program in Psychiatric Genetics.
The focus of Dr. Smoller’s research interests has been the identification of genetic determinants of childhood and adult psychiatric disorders. Dr. Smoller and colleagues have also been studying genetic predictors of treatment response and the ways in which advances in genetics may impact clinical practice in psychiatry. He is an author of more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters and reviews; the recipient of numerous research awards; and a principal investigator on NIH-funded studies of the genetics of anxiety and the genetics of bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia as well as brain imaging phenotypes.
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Erin Dunn, ScD, MPHErin C. Dunn is Instructor in the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the MGH Center for Human Genetics Research. She is a graduate of Northeastern University (BS Psychology and Elementary Education), Boston University School of Public Health (MPH Public Health), and the Harvard School of Public Health (ScD Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology). She is particularly interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the etiology of depression in children and adolescents. Her recent research is focusing on gene by social environment interplay in psychiatric disorders.
Mei-Hua Hall, PhD, MScMei-Hua Hall is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Neuroscientist at McLean Hospital. Dr. Hall is a graduate of Lancaster University, University College London (UCL) (M.Sc. in Experimental Methods in Psychology), and King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry (PhD, Psychiatric Genetics). Her current research is centered on translational psychiatric genetics research in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Further, she is interested in studying the application of neurophysiological endophenotypes as a tool for characterizing disease risk genes.
Niels Rosenquist, MD, PhDNiels Rosenquist is an Instructor in Psychiatry at MGH, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a Chief Economist for the Division of International Medicine at MGH. Dr. Rosenquist obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Medical School and the Wharton School (PhD, Applied Economics). He was a Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry at MGH and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy. Dr. Rosenquist's research interests include neuroeconomics, genetics, addiction, and social networks.
Avram Holmes, PhDAvram Holmes is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Research at MGH. Dr. Holmes obtained his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in Psychology at Harvard University. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University. His research interests focus on the establishment of biological and environmental predictors of psychiatric illness risk.
Mert Sabuncu, PhDMert Sabuncu is an Assistant Professor of Radiology, Dept. of Radiology, MGH/Harvard Medical School,and an Assistant in Neuroscience, MGH. Dr. Sabuncu obtained his BSc at Middle East Technical University, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. He was a Post-Doctoral Associate at CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include biomedical image analysis, computational neuroimaging genetics, image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, multivariate statistics, Bayesian graphical models, approximate inference.
Laura Germine, PhDLaura Germine is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. Dr. Germine is also affiliated with the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute and the Vision Sciences Laboratory at Harvard University.
Chia-Yen Chen, ScDChia-Yen Chen, Sc.D. is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) and the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit (ATGU) at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Chen is also affiliated with the Broad institute and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Tian Ge, PhDTian Ge is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU), Center for Human Genetic Research, and Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. His primary mentors are Jordan W. Smoller, M.D., Sc.D., and Mert R. Sabuncu, Ph.D.
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Yen-Feng Lin, MD, MS, MHSPh.D.
Meg Min-Jung Wang,BA, MSc
Catherine Shain, Program ManagerCatherine Shain is the Program Manager for the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit. She received her BS in Public Health from Clemson University and her MPH in Epidemiology from Boston University. She previously managed the Epilepsy Genetics Program at Boston Children's Hospital and has over 10 years experience in research management. Catherine is currently involved in a range of projects aiming to identify the genetic basis of psychiatric, behavioral, and neurodevelopment disorders.
Bridget Chak, Clinical Research CoordinatorBridget Chak is a clinical research coordinator at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Behavioral Biology. Her undergraduate research included investigating neuroendocrine mechanisms that regulate temporal polyethism in honeybee workers. She is currently involved in studies that aim to classify neural and genetic correlates of psychiatric disorders, and the development of a suicide prediction model that utilizes data mining of EHRs. Following her position at MGH, Bridget plans to pursue a PhD in evolutionary biology, focusing on GxE interactions that translate into colony-level behavioral flexibility among eusocial species.
Amanda Galenkamp, Research Lab TechnicianJonathan Chaponis, Research Lab TechnicianAlexander Zaitsev, PhD, MS, Application Developer
FacultyChristine FinnMireya Nadal
Visiting InvestigatorsCarolina BlayaSoraya Seedat
Post-docsJennifer BarnettSarah BergenJennifer DiNieriLaramie DuncanErin DunnJie HuangPhil Hyoun LeeLauren McGrathAlisha PollastriNadia SolovieffMargaret WeyAnna Wiste
Program ManagersHolly SciortinoAlison HoffnagleProject ManagersStephen HaddadPatience GallagherFrancine MolayPriya MoorjaniBeth Rosen-SheidleyOffice/Grants ManagersTalia GoldsmithJennifer PintoKatie SklarskyJamie WellerSamantha SchwartzErin Anderson
Project ManagersFelecia Cerrato
Graduate StudentsJessica Agnew-BlaisJian Kong
Laboratory ManagersJes Fagerness, JDBrian Galloway
Laboratory TechniciansSarah AndrusNatalie BalkemaAditi Basu, MSJacqueline CraneDaisy DaiAllan GuineyBoyd GunnellJohn KennedyCatherine MayerfeldMiles NugentGerri TangrenJenna TarasoffSarah WeatherallAaron WolfLesley Yamaki
Research CoordinatorsStefanie BlockMaria BulzacchelliCaitlin ClementsYael DaiErica Gardner-SchusterConnie GuilleTamar KaimStephanie RacetteLisa SussweinLisa WatrasSydney WeillCandace WhiteMirella Young
Lab InternsNoura Al-JuffaliShannon BeanKatherine BeattieJennifer BourneSofia Chua-RubenfeldCatherine DemersTomer FinkelbergJohn HofferBrendan LangSam LevinLydia LewisSony MysoreCameron PeeblesSara RubensteinLiz RubinJared SoundyZeke Vainer
Undergraduate Thesis AdviseeMalorie Snider
Please see a complete list of Dr. Smoller's publications
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