Carlos Cruchaga, PhD

B Burton & R M Morriss III Prof of Psychiatry

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

The cumulative impact of rare variants on common diseases is currently unknown, but recent studies have implicated rare genetic variants in many complex diseases. In the lab we are using the second-generation sequencing technology to identify rare variants implicated in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. We are using both, targeted and whole-exome sequencing to identify novel pathogenic variants and sequences variants that influence age at onset and disease progression.