Joel Gelernter MD

Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neurobiology; Director, Division of Human Genetics (Psychiatry)

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Genetics and Genomics

Office of International Medical Student Education

Office of Student ResearchSocial & Behavioral HealthNeurobiologyGenetics | Psychiatry: Human Genetics, Division of; Molecular Psychiatry, Division of; Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism; VA-Yale Clinical Neurosciences PTSD Research Program; Psychotherapy Development Center; Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program; VA Alcohol Research Center; Yale Global Mental Health Program

Research Interests

Complex trait genetics; Psychiatric genetics; Population genetics; Substance dependence; Gene mapping more...


  • BS, Yale University, 1979
  • M.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 1983

Selected Publications

  • Gelernter J, Sherva R, Koesterer R, Almasy L, Zhao H, Kranzler HR, Farrer LA. Genomewide association study of cocaine dependence and related traits: FAM53B identified as a risk gene. (2013) Mol Psychiatry. Aug 20. doi: 10.1038/mp.2013.99. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:23958962 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Xie P, Kranzler HR, Krystal JH, Farrer LA, Zhao H, and Gelernter J: Deep resequencing of 17 glutamate system genes identifies rare variants in DISC1 and GRIN2B affecting risk of opioid dependence. (2013) Addict Biol. Jul 16. doi: 10.1111/adb.12072. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:23855403 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Han S, Yang BZ, Kranzler HR, Oslin D, Anton R, Farrer LA, Gelernter J. Linkage Analysis Followed by Association Show NRG1 Associated with Cannabis Dependence in African Americans. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Apr 18. [Epub ahead of print]



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