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Drug Dependence
Oscar M. Harari, Ph.D.
Xin Zhou, Ph.D.
Sean D. Kristjansson, Ph.D.
Ruth Huang Miller, Ph.D.
Wei (Will) Yang, Ph.D.
Bo Zhang, Ph.D.
Sumithra Sankararaman
Ni Huang, Ph.D.

Drug Dependence

 Research Education Program in Aspects of Statistical Genetics and Addiction

Program Description (Abstract)

Post-doctoral Fellowships are available to work on computational or statistical genetic challenges in genetics/genomics, with application to addiction phenotypes. Post-doctoral trainees will work with a team of mentors drawn from the areas of bioinformatics, statistical genetics/genomics and clinical and/or basic research related to addiction. Applicants must have relevant educational backgrounds (e.g., mathematics; computer science; statistical genetics; biostatistics; or quantitative psychology), and an interest in working on the development and application of new statistical methods and/or computational modeling. These fellowships are open to foreign national as well as US citizens and permanent residents, and ordinarily will be of 2-3 years duration. Fellowships are supported by an R25 award to Washington University from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH.

Post-doctoral Fellows will conduct original research on the development and application of statistical or computational methods for problems related to the genetics/genomics with application to addiction phenotypes. Along with extensive data-sets associated with local investigators and mentors, fellows may take advantage of datasets that include information on addiction phenotypes external to the Washington University community of scientists; e.g., genetic or genomic data available to approved investigators through data repositories, such as those at the NIDA Center for Genetic Studies ( and at dbGap. Additionally, funds will be available to support advanced coursework from existing educational programs and workshops. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Educational Program Supported by NIH/NIDA grant R25 DA027995.


Program Co-Directors


Pamela A. Madden, Ph.D.

Co-PI/Director of NIDA R25 Educational Program

Midwest Alcoholism Research Center

Professor of Psychiatry


John P. Rice, Ph.D.

Co-PI/Director of NIDA R25 Educational Program

Co-Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics

Professor of Mathematics in Psychiatry

Professor of Division of Biostatistics

Ting Wang, Ph.D.

Co-Director of NIDA R25 Educational Program

Assistant Professor of Genetics