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Peristera Paschou

Associate Professor Biological Science

Dr. Paschou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. She was named 2019 Purdue University Faculty Scholar and she is an inaugural Frederick L. Hovde Dean’s Fellow at the Purdue College of Science. Dr Paschou studies human genetic variation around the world aiming to understand the cause of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders as well as the factors that have shaped human population structure. She is currently one of the lead PIs in a large-scale collaborative effort to perform a mega-analysis of genomewide association studies for Tourette Syndrome. She is also Co-Chair of the ENIGMA-Tourette Syndrome Working Group, as part of an international effort to bring together clinicians, geneticists, neuroimaging experts and data scientists from around the world in order to understand brain structure and function in neuropsychiatric disease. Dr Paschou obtained her PhD from the University of Athens in Greece. During her graduate studies she also trained at the University of Oxford Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. She did her post-doctoral studies at Yale University where she also trained in Clinical Molecular Genetics, receiving certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics. She has held visiting positions at UCSF, UCLA and the National Institutes of Health. She has established and coordinated multiple international collaborative research consortia aiming to understand the cause of neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood and she has served as Chair of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS). With support from the European Union, she established and led the COST Action “European network for the Study of Tourette Syndrome” coordinating a team of 200 investigators from 23 European countries and unifying national efforts towards high-impact common goals. She also coordinated the Marie Curie Initial Training Network "TS-EUROTRAIN" aiming to train the next generation of experts in Tourette Syndrome; 12 PhD students across ten collaborating sites from academia and industry. As a member of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, she leads efforts to perform cross-disorder analysis for Tourette Syndrome and highly comorbid neurodevelopmental disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.