Karolina A. Aberg, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Biomarker Research and Precision Medicine
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutics / Center for Biomarker Research and Precision Medicine
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  • Center for Biomarker Research and Precision Medicine
    1112 East Clay Street, McGuire Hall
    P. O. Box 980533
    Richmond, VA 23298-0581
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    (804) 628-3991
Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Center for Biomarker Research and Precision Medicine. PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden, 2005. Dr. Aberg’s research interests are focused on the genetic and epigenetic basis of the development of psychiatric phenotypes, such as schizophrenia, depression and addiction, as well as on the inter-individual variation in response, in terms of efficacy and adverse effects, to pharmaceuticals commonly used to treat psychiatric disorders. Her current research focus includes large-scale methylome-wide association studies (MWAS) for psychiatric and behavioral phenotypes and the integration of this data with omic information from other studies such as genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and gene expression analysis.

Area of Focus

  • Epigenetics, DNA methylation
  • Psychiatric and behavioral phenotypes
  • Individual treatment response, efficacy and adverse effects
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Methylome-wide association study (MWAS)

Education

  • B.S., medical science (Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 2000)
  • M.S., medical science (Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 2001)
  • Ph.D., biology (Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 2005)

Professional Experience

  • (2006 - 2008) Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh
  • (2008 - 2009) Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Biomarker Research and Precision Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • (2009 - Present) Assistant Professor, Center for Biomarker Research and Precision Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • (2014 - Present) Associate Director, Center for Biomarker Research and Precision Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University