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Frank Wendt, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Frank Wendt, PhD


Frank received his Bachelor's degree from the Forensic Science Program at The Pennsylvania State University in 2013 where he developed field-ready instrumentation for rapid DNA analysis of forensically relevant substrates. From 2014-2018 Frank completed his doctoral work under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Budowle in the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. His graduate work focused on developing pathway-driven machine learning predictive models of tramadol response using massively parallel sequencing data. During his graduate tenure and beyond, Dr. Wendt was actively involved in studies of forensically-relevant population genetics, microbial forensics, forensic DNA phenotyping, and human trafficking.

Dr. Wendt joined the Polimanti laboratory at Yale School of Medicine in September 2018. His research employs genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and computational methods to make inferences about the cause and consequence of shared genetic loci associated mental health, behavior, and cognition. In May 2020, he began an NIMH-sponsored fellowship to uncover sex-specific genetic and transcriptomic liability to psychiatric disorders and related psychopathologies. Frank is particularly interested in the sex-differences in genetic and environmental risk factors across the internalizing spectrum: posttraumatic stress disorder, major depression, anxiety, and neuroticism.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of North Texas Health Science Center, Biomedical Science (Molecular Genetics) (2018)
  • BS
    The Pennsylvania State University, Forensic Science (Biology)

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