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Shaun Purcell

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Genetics and Genomic Sciences
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  • MA, University of Oxford

  • MSc, University College London

  • PhD, King's College London


    Dr. Purcell is a genetic epidemiologist whose work focuses on developing statistical and computational tools for the design of genetic studies, the detection of gene variants influencing complex human traits and the dissection of these effects in the larger context of other genetic and environmental factors. In particular, Dr. Purcell currently works on whole exome resequencing and whole genome association studies of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and the development of tools for whole genome and exome genetic studies. He directs the Center for Statistical Genetics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is a Member of the Division of Psychiatric Genomics and the Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology.
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  • 2008 -
    Ted Reich Young Investigator Award
    International Society of Psychiatric Genetics

  • 2003 -
    Thompson Award
    Behavior Genetics Association

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Dr. Purcell did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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