Scott Saccone, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Dr. Saccone conducts research on the genetics of addiction and the application of bioinformatics to genetic association studies. His background is in theoretical mathematics. Dr. Saccone’s achievements in public health include a lead author paper introducing a genetic variant that influences nicotine dependence, which has been heavily replicated in the literature. He has also published new methods for applying bioinformatics to the design and interpretation of genome-wide association studies that have the potential to significantly impact this field.
What opportunities do you see for interdisciplinary collaboration on public health initiatives in the future?
“I believe it is crucial for geneticists to collaborate with physicians, neurobiologists, and for addiction related research, pharmacologists, in order to properly guide research on the genetics of human disease. Genome-wide association studies are very challenging, and in order to properly define the disease, or phenotype, and test the appropriate biological hypotheses, collaboration is the key.”