Bao-Zhu Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Mental Disorders; Psychiatry and Psychology

Research Organizations

Psychiatry: Human Genetics, Division of

Research Summary

My research focus in the past few years includes investigation of issues related to hidden genetic clusters which might cause potential false positive for case control association studies, effects of interaction between gene and environment on disease manifestation, haplotype reconstruction and association analysis, and identification of genes for psychiatric disorders among admixed populations, and applied these analytical methods in finding genetic bases of psychiatric disorders such as childhood depression, alcoholism, drug dependence, nicotine dependence, and post traumatic stress disorder. Currently, I devote myself to mapping genes for comorbidity of substance use disorders and depression using genetic linkage and association methods under the support of an NIH K01 career development award.

Extensive Research Description

My research focus in the past few years includes investigation of issues related to population stratification for case control association studies, structured association analysis, gene-environment interaction, haplotype analysis, and admixture mapping, and applied these analytical methods in finding genetic bases of psychiatric disorders such as childhood depression, alcoholism, drug dependence, nicotine dependence, post traumatic stress disorder. Currently, I devote myself to mapping genes for comorbidity of substance use disorders and depression using linkage and association methods under the support of an NIH K01 career development award.

Mapping genes for comorbidity of substance used disorders and depression
Candidate gene association study on PTSD

Selected Publications

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