Margit Burmeister, Ph.D.

Margit Burmeister, Ph.D.

Associate Chair and Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Director, Bioinformatics Graduate Program
Research Professor of Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Professor of Psychiatry and of Human Genetics

5061 BSRB, 109 Zina Pitcher Place
2065C Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw


Areas of Interest

This laboratory's research is aimed at finding genes involved in behavioral, neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially related to ataxia and depression. While ataxia is caused by numerous genes one at a time, many of which still need to be identified, genetics plays a minor role in risk for depression, and its interactions with environmental, lifestyle and behavioral factors – diet, stress, sleep, drug use, exercise – need to be better understood. Genes for such common disorders are not deterministic, and a goal of my public engagement is to help the interested public in using their genetic information wisely. In both projects, I have strong collaborations across the University, the US and the world, particularly in Turkey and China. 

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