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Dr. Alex Nord

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Position Title
Associate Professor

  • NPB, Center for Neuroscience, Psychiatry-Medicine, UC Davis Genome Center
School of Medicine Center for Neuroscience Building, 612B

Profile Introduction

We use genetics and genomics to study the development, evolution, and function of the brain


2014 Postdoctoral Fellow Axel Visel, Len Pennacchio, Eddy Rubin LBNL
2011 PhD Genome Sciences University of Washington
2001 BA Biology Carleton College

Research Interests

Genomic control of transcription in the brain

My research explores gene regulatory circuits and chromatin dynamics in the brain, studying how these features contribute to brain development, evolution, and function. I apply a combination of genomics, mouse and cell-based models, and human genetics.  My work is rooted in basic and translational science, with an ultimate goal of understanding the biological components of human diseases and disorders of the brain and improving clinical care of afflicted individuals.  To that end, I perform both experimental work and computational analysis to reveal function of primary DNA sequence, epigenomic modifications, and chromatin structure.

I am always looking for motivated undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs who are interested in contributing to projects addressing:

  • Chromatin and gene regulation in brain development, evolution, and function
  • Genetic models of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders
  • Development and implementation of genomic applications in the clinic

Opportunities: Please contact me directly if you are interested in joining the group.  We are currently seeking a Junior Specialist to support lab research and a Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out genomic studies in neuronal cell lineages and mouse and human tissues. 


2015 - NARSAD Young Investigator Award

Department and Center Affiliations

Center for Neuroscience
Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (College of Biological Sciences)
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (School of Medicine)
UC Davis Genome Center
UC Davis MIND Institute


Society for Neuroscience
American Society of Human Genetics

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Integrated Genetics and Genomics
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Animal Genomics
  • Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Computational Biology
  • Epigenomics
  • Developmental Genetics
  • Model Organism Genetics
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Gene Regulation
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neurobiology


BIS 101 Genetics and Gene Expression
GGG 290 Genomics and Epigenetics Seminar Course
GGG 292 Graduate Student Seminar