Source: Interfolio F180

Qian Peng

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department of Neuroscience


Research Focus

Dr. Peng’s research interest broadly defined is to understand the biological determinants of mental health through innovative applications of algorithms and statistics. Specifically, we are currently focusing on dissecting the complex genomic and epigenomic basis of addiction and comorbid disorders through multi-omics and integrative computational approaches. We are also interested in determining how ancestral background and genetic interactions confer risk or protection for addictive and comorbid mental disorders. Our goal is to provide more precision in the understanding of the mechanism underlying risk for addiction and thus provide a substrate for more effective prevention and intervention.


Ph.D. (Computer Science), University of California, San Diego, 2012

Professional Experience

2016-2017 Assistant Professor of MCN, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Scripps Research
2015-2016 Research Associate, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Scripps Research

Awards & Professional Activities

2006 NSF IGERT Fellowship
2012 International Society for Computational Biology Travel Fellowship Award for ISMB
2014 RSA Junior Investigator Award
2014 The Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
2018 19th ISBRA Congress Travel Award
2018 NIDA-NIAAA Early Career Investigator Showcase Award, NIH
2021 NIDA Avenir Award in Genetics and Epigenetics of Substance Abuse, NIH

Selected Publications

Peng, Qian; Ehlers, Cindy L.; Peng, Qian; Ehlers, Cindy L. Long tracks of homozygosity predict the severity of alcohol use disorders in an American Indian population.. Molecular Psychiatry 2021, 1-12.

Peng, Qian; Conti, Bruno; Peng, Qian; Sanchez-alavez, Manuel; Peng, Qian; Morale, Maria C.; Maher, Pamela; Feng, Kaige; Fazelpour, Sherwin; Conti, Bruno; Cintron-colon, Rigo; Aguirre, Carlos A. Two single nucleotide polymorphisms in IL13 and IL13RA1 from individuals with idiopathic Parkinson's disease increase cellular susceptibility to oxidative stress.. Brain, behavior, and immunity 2020, 920-924.

Fan, X.; Wang, H.; Sun, L.; Zheng, X.; Yin, X.; Zuo, X.; Peng, Qian; Standish, K. A.; Cheng, H.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, Z.; Xiao, F.; Yang, S.; Zhang, X.; Schork, Nicholas J. Fine mapping and subphenotyping implicates ADRA1B gene variants in psoriasis susceptibility in a Chinese population. Epigenomics 2019, 11, 455-467.

Peng, Qian; Peng, Qian; Bizon, Chris; Gizer, Ian R.; Wilhelmsen, Kirk C.; Ehlers, Cindy L.; Ehlers, Cindy L.; Peng, Qian; Ehlers, Cindy L. Genetic loci for alcohol-related life events and substance-induced affective symptoms: indexing the "dark side" of addiction.. Translational psychiatry 2019, 71.

Deacon, D. C.; Happe, C. L.; Chen, C.; Tedeschi, N.; Manso, A. M.; Li, T.; Dalton, N. D.; Peng, Qian; Farah, E. N.; Gu, Y.; Tenerelli, K. P.; Tran, V. D.; Chen, J.; Peterson, K. L.; Schork, Nicholas J.; Adler, E. D.; Engler, A. J.; Ross, R. S.; Chi, N. C. Combinatorial interactions of genetic variants in human cardiomyopathy. Nature Biomedical Engineering 2019, 3, 147-157.

Peng, Qian; Peng, Qian; Gizer, Ian R.; Wilhelmsen, Kirk C.; Ehlers, Cindy L.; Ehlers, Cindy L.; Peng, Qian; Ehlers, Cindy L. Associations Between Genomic Variants in Alcohol Dehydrogenase Genes and Alcohol Symptomatology in American Indians and European Americans: Distinctions and Convergence.. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research 2017, 1695-1704.