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What unsolved research questions are currently under investigation in your laboratory?

My lab is working on: 1) Finding better, neuroscience-based, methods to select genes for genetic analysis of addiction related phenotypes; 2) Identifying new sources of genetic variance in the dopamine transporter by searching for new polymorphic sites; 3) Optimizing methods to genotype Simple Tandem Repeats (STRs) and Variable Number Tandem Repeats (VNTRs) in the human genome.

What novel equipment and/or experimental models are currently in use in your research program?

We have the standard equipment for a molecular genetics laboratory.

Do you have a need for a collaborator on an ongoing or new project? If so, what type of expertise are you looking for?

I would like to collaborate with anyone who has methods for measuring genetic variation of very large repetitive sequences (e.g. new methods that generate results similar to Southern Blots).