Robert W. Williams, Ph.D.

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Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Office: (901) 448-7050
Fax: (901) 448-7193
Email: Robert W. Williams


  • Ph.D. Institution: University of California, Davis, Physiology
  • B.A.: University of California, Santa Cruz, Psychobiology


Research Interests

  • Systems genetics, complex trait analysis, and functional genomics
  • Control of gene expression
  • Genetics of CNS diseases and addiction
  • Visual system structure, function, development
  • Advanced methods in collaborative research, data sharing, web services

Representative Publications

  • Lotan A, Fenckova M, Bralten J, Alttoa A, Dixson L, Williams RW, van der Voet M. Neuroinformatic analyses of common and distinct genetic components associated with major neuropsychiatric disorders. Front Neurosci. 2014 Nov 6;8:331. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25414627.
  • Ashbrook DG, Williams RW, Lu L, Stein JL, Hibar DP, Nichols TE, Medland SE, Thompson PM, Hager R. Joint genetic analysis of hippocampal size in mouse and human identifies a novel gene linked to neurodegenerative disease. BMC Genomics. 2014 Oct 3;15:850. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-850. PubMed PMID: 25280473; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4192369.
  • Jones BC, O'Callaghan JP, Lu L, Williams RW, Alam G, Miller DB. Genetic correlational analysis reveals no association between MPP(+) and the severity of striatal dopaminergic damage following MPTP treatment in BXD mouse strains. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2014 Sep-Oct;45:91-2. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2014 Sep 2. PubMed PMID: 25192776.
  • Pandey AK, Williams RW. Genetics of gene expression in CNS. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2014;116:195-231. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801105-8.00008-4. PubMed PMID: 25172476.
  • Rubin BK, Williams RW. Aerosolized antibiotics for non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. Respiration. 2014;88(3):177-84. doi: 10.1159/000366000. Epub 2014 Aug 22. PubMed PMID: 25171580.
  • McLachlan SM, Aliesky H, Banuelos B, Magana J, Williams RW, Rapoport B. Immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region and major histocompatibility region genes are linked to induced graves' disease in females from two very large families of recombinant inbred mice. Endocrinology. 2014 Oct;155(10):4094-103. doi: 10.1210/en.2014-1388. Epub 2014 Jul 22. PubMed PMID: 25051451; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4164918.

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