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Dr. Laura J. Bierut

Dr. Laura Jean Bierut received her MD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1987 and completed her residency training in psychiatry at the same institution. After spending several years at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and the University of Washington in Seattle, she returned to Washington University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow and instructor in 1994. She became an assistant professor in 1996, associate professor in 2002, and professor in 2007. Dr. Bierut’s research examines genetic and environmental influences on psychiatric disorders, with a particular emphasis on understanding addiction. Dr. Bierut was installed as the first Alumni Endowed Professor in Psychiatry in January 2014.