Directed by Dr. Jonathan Sebat, and funded in part by a gift from the Beyster Family Foundation, our laboratory is interested in how rare and de novo mutations in the human genome contribute to risk for common psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. To this end, we are developing novel approaches to gene discovery that are based on advanced technologies for the detection of rare variants, including studies of copy number variation (CNV) and deep whole genome sequencing (WGS). Our goal is to identify genes related to psychiatric disorders and determine how genetic variants impact the function of genes and corresponding cellular pathways.

Dr. Sebat is an Associate Professor at the University of California San Diego, with appointments in the

Institute for Genomic Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

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