Tatiana Foroud is a professor in the department of Medical and Molecular Genetics as well as Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She is a statistical geneticist by training. Her research is focused on the identification of genes contributing to common disorders such as Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, intracranial aneurysms and psychiatric disorders such as alcoholism. Much of her research focuses on the study of familial forms of disease, which are likely to have a great genetic contribution. She is currently analyzing high dimensional array data and sequence data to identify common and rare genetic variants contributing to disease. Dr. Foroud also leads large sample collection efforts and manages multiple biorepositories banking a variety of sample types. She is the scientific director of the Indiana Biobank and the principal investigator of multiple grants.
The central focus of research in Dr. Foroud’s laboratory is the identification of genes contributing to disease. Research is currently focused on a variety of complex disorders including Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, intracranial aneurysms, alcohol dependence, and cancer. Ongoing studies explore the role of both common and rare variants in disease risk using genomewide SNP arrays as well as whole exome and whole genome sequencing approaches.