About Our Conte Center

Our Team

The Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics is a cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional effort based at The University of Chicago. Our team is spread internationally across seven universities that also include Northwestern UniversityThe University of Illinois at ChicagoHarvard UniversityStanford UniversityColumbia University, and the University of Haifa in Israel.

Our Sponsors

Our Center is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Chicago Biomedical Consortium.

Our Goals

The overarching goal of our Center is to identify the genetic and environmental factors that underlie psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, and child & adolescent psychopathology. Our team develops and applies drastically new mathematical and computational strategies to infer causal relationships among genetic variation, environmental variables and psychiatric phenotypes. We achieve this by combining the statistical power of large genetic and pharmacogenomics datasets, text-mining strategies and review of electronic medical records. Computational predictions are then experimentally validated using high-throughput biochemical, genomic and proteomic strategies, as well as the development of animal models.

Our Structure

The Center is defined by four key projects and three essential cores. Each project and core is spearheaded by a group of team leaders, who work with talented research associatespostdoctoral fellowsgraduate and undergraduate students,  research staff and collaborators  to ensure the Center's success in all aspects of research, training and administration.