About the Investigators

About Mark A. Frye, M.D.

Dr. Frye received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his psychiatric training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He completed a subsequent research fellowship in the Biological Psychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. While at NIMH, his area of research was focusing on the neurobiology of depression and bipolar disorder.

Formerly the Director of the UCLA Bipolar Disorder Research Program (1998-2006), he is now the Director of the Integrated Mood Clinic and Research Program. His clinical interests are in bipolar disorder, depression, and alcoholism with a research focus on genomics, brain imaging, and neuroendocrinology of mood disorders and alcoholism.

About Joanna M. Biernacka, Ph.D.

Dr. Biernacka received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Biernacka's research focus is in the area of genetics of complex diseases, in particular addiction and other psychiatric illnesses such as bipolar disorder. As the statistical geneticist in theBipolar Biobank program, Dr. Biernacka will assist Dr. Frye and the research team with designing studies, and analysing the resulting data. As these types of analyses require the application of advanced statistical techniques, She also will work on the development of novel statistical methods for the analysis of genetic data.