Assistant Professor (Psychiatry) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Email: zeynep_yilmaz@med.unc.edu

Phone: (919) 966 7548

  • Postdoc (Psychiatric Genetics) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • PhD (Medical Science, specializing in Neurogenetics) University of Toronto
  • HonBSc (Psychology) – University of Toronto

Dr. Zeynep Yilmaz is Assistant Professor with the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She received her HonBSc in Psychology and PhD in Neurogenetics from the University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Drs. Allan Kaplan and James Kennedy, her doctoral dissertation examined the genetics of body weight in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Yilmaz completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Drs. Cynthia Bulik and Patrick Sullivan. Dr. Yilmaz is an active member of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) Eating Disorders Working Group and co-chair of the Genes and Environment Special Interest Group of the Academy for Eating Disorders. She is a member of professional organizations such as the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, American Society of Human Genetics, and Academy for Eating Disorders.

Dr. Yilmaz’s research focuses on the genetics of eating disorders and cross-disorder examination of psychiatric conditions comorbid with eating disorders. Her ongoing projects include genetic risk score calculation for anorexia nervosa, copy number variation in anorexia nervosa, investigation of densely affected pedigrees with eating disorders, cross-disorder examination of anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorder, study of mitochondrial variation in eating disorders, and genetics of body weight regulation. As an NIMH K01 award recipient, Dr. Yilmaz is currently receiving additional training in statistical genetics, bioinformatics, and genetic epidemiology.