Joe Pickrell, PhD - Core Member, Assistant Investigator

Joe Pickrell, PhD, is a Core Member and Assistant Investigator at the New York Genome Center. He holds a joint appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. His lab is focused on developing computational and statistical tools to transform large-scale genomic data into a better understanding of human biology. Much of his research is dedicated to gaining a better understanding of natural human variations.

Dr. Pickrell’s research is partially supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. He and his team are working to build software tools to predict the molecular mechanisms by which genetic variants influence neurological diseases like schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, this work is exploring the genetic connections between these diseases and other traits like autoimmunity and metabolism.

Before joining NYGC, Dr. Pickrell was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School. He earned a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Chicago and a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.