At the Behavioral Genetics of Addiction Laboratory, we conduct studies that identify genetic and environmental factors related to substance addiction.

Our Mission

We investigate how genomic variation influences the progression to maladaptive alcohol and drug use behaviors. We are identifying differences in our DNA that influence our relationship with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other illicit drugs. To understand the progression from use to dependence, we additionally examine related traits and behaviors that may predate the onset of substance use/addiction or co-occur with substance use/addiction, such as major depression, conduct problems, and novelty seeking.


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