Welcome to the Center for Psychiatric Genetics (CPG)

A partnership between UChicago Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem

The Center for Psychiatric Genetics (CPG) is home to the psychiatric genetic research program at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, which focuses on studying the genetic factors contributing to schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders and behavioral traits.


Founded by Dr. Pablo V. Gejman, CPG is currently co-directed by Drs. Alan R. Sanders and Jubao Duan. The main thrust of CPG has been the design and implementation of large-scale, multi-site international studies, from systematic linkage scans to genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and, more recently, follow-up functional studies to unravel the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic associations, as well as personalized medicine. The main approaches include GWAS, exome/genome sequencing, multi-omics, human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) models, genome editing, and single-cell genomics.


CPG is primarily supported by NorthShore University HealthSystem (NUH) and federal (NIH, National Institutes of Health) research grants.


For more information, check our Research page.

Farewell, Yana…Welcome, Kim!

After five years of working at CPG with Dr. Sanders (especially on the Genomic Health Initiative, All of Us, and the female sexuality genetic studies), we are sad to see Yana leave as she is transitioning to a position more on the clinical side at NorthShore. We will miss you, Yana. But on a positive note, we are also excited to have our new Postdoc, Kim, Joining us all the way from South Africa by way of Irland! Welcome, Kim. We are glad to have you here at CPG, and we hope you enjoy your experience in Chicago as you embark on this new chapter of your life.

Welcome, Lilia, Ada, and Alexandra!

As CPG bids a sad farewell to three valuable members, we are excited to welcome Lilia Moorman, Ada McCarroll, and Alexandra Duhe to join the Duan group. Best wishes to Lexi, Whitney, and Karla in your new endeavors, And welcome Lilia, Ada, and Alexandra!

GUEST SEMINAR on Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 at 12 -1 PM

Dr. Jubao Duan has invited Dr. Sofia B. Lizarraga from Brown University to give a talk at NorthShore on April 19th, 2023: Talk title: Chromatin regulatory mechanisms in autism spectrum disorders. Time: April 19th (Wednesday), 2023, 12 - 1 PM; (Pizza lunch will be...

Jubao Duan, PhD, named to the Charles R. Walgreen Research Chair

NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) has named Jubao Duan, PhD, as the inaugural Charles R. Walgreen Research Chair.0 An endowed chair represents the highest level of prestige at academic medical institutions and honors excellence in care, research, and...