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Shaunna Clark

Assistant Professor

BS, Statistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
MA, Advanced Quantitative Methods, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
PhD, Advanced Quantitative Methods, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

Research Statement

My research seeks to understand how biological and environmental factors shape mental health and human behavior by bringing together advanced statistical modeling techniques and (epi)genomic big data. I am currently working on research projects 1) examining the role of DNA methylation in alcohol dependence using human post mortem tissue samples from multiple brain regions, 2) identifying methylation biomarkers for alcohol phenotypes in blood and saliva, 3) investigating environmental factors that mediate the relationship between methylation and alcohol, 4) developing latent variables models to better model mental health outcomes, and 5) applying machine learning techniques to epigenomic data. 

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