Rodney Perry was born in Frankfort, Ky, USA in 1954. He obtained an M.S. degree in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1982 and a Ph.D. degree in medical genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1993. He followed this up with two years of postdoctoral work at UAB. Afterwards, he was a Research Associate at UAB where he codirected the molecular genetics lab that participated in the recruitment and linkage analysis of the NIMH-Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Initiative dataset. Presently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at UAB. His research interest lies in identifying genes of complex diseases with a primary focus on neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. He is also involved in collaborative efforts to investigate the role of genetics and epigenetics in schizophrenia. He is Director of the molecular genetics lab in the Department of Epidemiology where molecular techniques, such as DNA isolation, microsatellite and SNP/CNV genotyping, and sequencing, are utilized to identify and investigate candidate genes in complex diseases.
Biography Updated on 4 August 2011