Urban Lab in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


The Urban lab is investigating the effects of variation in human genomes on normal and abnormal brain development and function.

Complex behavioral and neuropsychiatric phenotypes often have a strong genetic component. This genetic component is often extremely complex and difficult to dissect. The current revolution in genome technology means we can avail ourselves to tools that make it possible for the first time, to begin understanding the complex genetic and epigenetic interactions at the basis of the human mind.

We develop and use next-generation sequencing and high-resolution array based methods to carry out functional genomic and epigenomic studies along several interrelated trajectories of investigation:



Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Stanford University Department of Genetics

Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine

Stanford Center for Personal Dynamic Regulomes

Stanford Program on Genetics of Brain Function


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