Margit Burmeister

Ph.D., European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany
Masters, Weizmann Institute Science, Rehovot, Israel
Undergraduate, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Professor of Psychiatry, Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics and Human Genetics Research, University of Michigan Medical School
Professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
Co-Director, Bioinformatics Graduate Program

My laboratory’s research is aimed at finding genes involved in neurological and psychiatric diseases as well as behavior in general. We use genetic methodologies and have identified specific single gene mutations that cause ataxia, seizures and behavioral abnormalities in mice and humans. Our ataxia research takes a genomic approach, including linkage, homozygosity, next generation sequencing, gene expression and machine learning network analysis. We have identified several ataxia genes and use mouse and zebrafish as models to further verify and analyze the genes and protein products.