The major focus of the Sullivan Lab is the genetic dissection of complex traits of great public health importance — particularly schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, postpartum depression, anorexia nervosa, and autism. We employ genetic approaches to investigating the etiology, pharmacogenetics, and clinical sub-typing of these disorders. We take the phrase "complex trait" seriously; no single lab will be able to solve these problems in isolation. This requires that we collaborate in a real way with experts in many other disciplines. We have deep links with researchers in other UNC departments/centers and other institutions worldwide.
The Sullivan Lab is located in the Department of Genetics, in the School of Medicine, at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Sullivan is the Yeargan Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and directs the Center for Psychiatric Genomics. He is also a Professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.
Major funding sources for the Sullivan Lab include the US National Institutes of Health, the Swedish Research Council, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.