Principal Investigator


Loes Olde Loohuis uses and develops genetic and computational approaches to identify the causes of severe mental illness and to characterize disease trajectories. She leads a research group in the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the Semel Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She holds joint appointments in the departments of Human Genetics and Computational Medicine, where she is associate director of the The Program for Translational Polygenics for Health Equity (TransPHEr) (directed by Bogdan Pasaniuc). She is elected co-chair (with Benjamin Neale) of the NIMH Ancestral Populations Network, a network established by NIMH  to accelerate genetic discovery for psychiatric disorders in cohorts of non-European ancestry and to advance the goal of global mental health discovery and equity.

Before starting her lab in 2020, Loes was a postdoc at UCLA. In 2018, she was awarded a transition to independence K99/R00 award through NIMH, mentored by Nelson Freimer and Roel Ophoff. She obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the City University New York, working under supervision of Dr. Bud Mishra and a Masters in Logic at the Institute for Logic Language and Computation.

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