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Gita Pathak, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate


Dr.Pathak is a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Renato Polimanti’s group working with psychiatric genetics. She joined Yale after completing her doctoral studies at University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), Fort Worth, Texas. Her graduate work on understanding disrupted genetic variants underlying health effects earned her numerous awards as a graduate student. She was selected as a pre-doctoral fellow for the NIH-T32 Neurobiology of Aging (2017-18), Health Science Innovation Award at Annual NBA Symposium (2018), Texas Higher Education Grant and was a pre-finalist for the MiHero predoctoral fellowship and Outstanding Graduate Student in Genetics (2018-19). She received full scholarship to attend the 23rd Statistical Genetics Summer Institute at University of Washington, Seattle.

At Yale, Dr.Pathak’s work focuses on system genetics of polysubstance abuse, cardiac amyloidosis, and mood disorders. She is also leading projects on intersection between aging and neuropsychiatric traits such as telomere and brain transcriptomics. Her skills involve Bayesian statistics, GWAS, epigenomics, fine-mapping, functional annotation, transcriptomics and admixture mapping.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of North Texas Health Science Center, Molecular Genetics (2019)

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