We are a lab at Stanford University, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. We analyze trillions of data points in order to identify the specific genetic variants and biological pathways contributing to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and PTSD.

Laramie Duncan, PhD  (PI)

Dr. Duncan is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and Director of the IMHL.  She received a joint PhD in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado and then continued clinical training at Harvard Medical School and postdoctoral work in Statistical Genetics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she led genetic analyses for international groups.  With a unique combination of computational skills and training in the foundations of clinical interventions and neuroscience, Dr. Duncan has a track record of executing high impact projects, and her work has been cited over 9,000 times.  Her long-term goal is to make genetic discoveries about psychiatric disorders, and then to link those genetic findings to neurobiological processes, so that better treatments can be developed for disorders like schizophrenia and PTSD. 

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University site - Stanford

Core principles

Director's statement:  Our lab is dedicated to scientific rigor and reproducibility, as evidenced by Dr. Duncan's highly cited work on reproducibility (900+ citations for articles on this topic).  This is important because the problem of poor reproducibility plagues many areas of mental health research.  The large-scale genomic investigations currently undertaken in the lab are chosen, in part, because they are not susceptible to the problems of poor reproducibility that plague many areas of mental health research.  A commitment to diversity and more equitable distribution of opportunities is another core value in the lab.  Projects in the lab are designed to ensure that results are useful for diverse populations.


We are located on the Stanford campus in the Psychiatry Building:

401 Quarry Road

Stanford, CA 94305



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401 Quarry Rd
Stanford, CA 94304