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Research Assistant Professor (Genetics) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Education & Training

  • Postdoc (Genetics) University of North Carolina
  • PhD (Pharmacology) University of North Carolina
  • BS (Biology) Temple University


Dr. Martilias S. Farrell is Research Assistant Professor in the Departments of Genetics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his BS in biology from Temple University, PhD in pharmacology from the University of North Carolina and completed post-doctoral training in genetics in the laboratory of Dr. Patrick Sullivan at University of North Carolina. He is currently a research assistant professor in the genetics department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Farrell’s research focuses on psychiatric genomics and includes uncovering the function of noncoding DNA implicated in schizophrenia via GWAS using CRISPR/Cas9 to delete the associated regions in human cells. He also researches the genetics of highly treatment-resistant schizophrenia in an inpatient population. Associated with this study is an effort to characterize the function of rare variants in the zebrafish animal model. His ultimate goal is to use genetics to guide the development of novel therapeutics for schizophrenia.