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Department of Neuroscience

Qian Peng, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department of Neuroscience
California Campus
(858) 784-7215

Research Focus

Dr. Peng’s research interest broadly defined is to understand the biological determinants of human behaviors through innovative applications of algorithms and statistics. Specifically, we are currently focusing on dissecting the complex genomic and epigenomic basis of addiction and related behaviors 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
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee-Memphis
B.S., Computer Science, Beijing University

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

NIH NIDA Avenir Award in Genetics and Epigenetics of Substance Abuse (DP1)
Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
NSF IGERT Fellowship


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