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Robert W. Williams

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Tennessee
Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue
Memphis  TN  38163
(901) 448-7050   FAX ...-7193


Ph.D. (1983) Physiology, University of California, Davis
B.A. (1975) Psychobiology, University of California, Santa Cruz


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 and data sharing


2009-present UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair in Computational Genomics
2001-2009 William and Dorothy Dunavant Chair of Excellence in Developmental Genetics: Department of Pediatrics (secondary appointment), University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)
2008-present Director: UT Center for Integrative and Translational Genomics (CITG)
2000-2007 Codirector/Director: Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics, UTHSC
1997-present Professor: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Center for Neuroscience, UTHSC (primary)
2001-present Member: Feinstone Center for Genomic Research, University of Memphis
1992-1997 Associate Professor: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Center for Neuroscience, UTHSC
1989-1992 Assistant Professor: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Center for Neuroscience, UTHSC
1986-1989 Assistant Professor: Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Neuroanatomy
1985-1986 Associate Research Scientist: Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Neuroanatomy (P. Rakic, mentor)
1984-1989 Instructor: Neuroanatomy laboratory, Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Neuroanatomy
1983-1985 Postdoctoral fellow: Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Neuroanatomy (P. Rakic, mentor)
1982-1983 Assistant Research Physiologist: University of California, Davis
1982 Instructor: University of California, Davis
1979-1982 National Institutes of Health Trainee: University of California, Davis (L.M. Chalupa, thesis advisor)
1978-1981 Teaching Assistant and Teaching Associate: Animal Physiology and Psychology, University of California, Davis


Society for Neuroscience (Chair, Neuroinformatics Committee, 2003-2008)
Complex Trait Consortium (founder and director, 2001-2008)
Research Society on Alcoholism (member)
International Society for Computational Biology (member 2009)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (member)
International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (president 2005)
International Mammalian Genome Society (ex-member)
Behavioural Neurogenetics Initiative (ex-member)
IEEE (ex-member), American Society of Human Genetics (ex-member)


2001-present Principal Investigator: INIA: Robust Systems Genetics of Alcohol and Stress Effects on CNS, National Institutes of Health U01AA13499. TDC ~$1.68 M over 5 years (02.05.02-01.31.12)
2008 Director: State of Tennessee funds for the UT Institute for Integrative and Translational Genomics. TDC ~$1M (recurring) in 2008 budget year to UTHSC
2007-2012 Principal Investigator: Systems Genetics of the HPA, National Institutes of Health U01AA017590. TDC ~$875K over 5 years (09.30.07-9.29.12)
2007-present Coinvestigator: Modulators of Retinal Injury, National Institutes of Health R01 EY017841. TDC ~$1.0 over 5 years (10.01.07-9.31.11)
2012-present Coinvestigator: Integrated Approach to Understanding Host-Pathogen Interactions (RFP NIH NIAID DMID-AI2010100) 5 years at 5% effort (in negotiation, Gerald Byrne UTHSC PI) funding through 1/31/2019
2005-2010 Coinvestigator: Dispersion Patterns for Retinal Neuroblasts, National Institutes of Health R01 EY0110871. TDC ~$1.0 over 5 years (07.01.05-06.30.10)
2011-2013 Genetics of Stroke. 1R21NS066166 (PI: Nowak T) NINDS, Role: consultant, collaborator (unfunded)
2011-present Memphis Research Consortium organizing member, State of Tennessee,, ~$6 million, non-recurring for Genetics and Epidemiology of Pediatric Obesity
2008-2009 Lead contract with Eli Lilly and Co, Genes that Influence Diabetic Nephropathy. (DOE NFE-08-01254, $135K subcontract to UT-Battelle, LLC) (R07-3003-263)
2005-present Coinvestigator, Mouse Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN), National Institutes of Health R24 RR021760. National Center for Research Resources, TDC ~$1.0 M over 5 years (04.01.05-03.31.09)
2006-2008 Principal Investigator: Huntingtin Transcriptome Analysis, High Q Foundation, $466,800 (02-01-06 to 01-31-08)
2004-present Coinvestigator: Integrative Genetics of Cancer Susceptibility, NCI 1U01CA105417. TDC $600,000 over 5 years (04.01.04-03.31.2009, with DW Threadgill)
2000-present Principal Investigator: Informatics Center for Mouse Neurogenetics, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, Human Brain Project 2P20-DA21131, 1P20-MH62009, and IBN-0003982. TDC ~$5.4 M over 5 years (9.28.00-6.30.10, 32%)
2007-2011 Associated partner: German Network for Systems Genetics (GeNeSys). Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. No funds
2007-2011 Coinvestigator, subcontract: Gene Array Technology Center for Alcohol Research (the Rodent Gene Array Program) with Boris Tabakoff, University of Colorado Medical Center (08.01.07-07-31-11)
2005-2007 Coinvestigator: Development of Advanced Tools for Diagnosis and Triaging of Individuals Exposed to Select Pathogens, DOD/US W81XHW-05-01-0227
2005-2010 Coinvestigator: Dispersion Patterns for Retinal Neuroblasts, NEI R01EY011087-07A1. (B Reese, PI; RW Williams, coinvestigator)
2001-2006 Principal Investigator: INIA: Genotyping Core, National Institutes of Health 1U24AA13513. TDC ~$600,000 over 5 years (01.01.02-12.30.06)
2004-2007 Consultant: Conti Center, John Csernanski PI, Jim Cheverud, PI Project 5. Genetics of Schizophrenia-Related Traits in Mice, Washington University
2007-present Consultant: Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics-Coordinating Center (R Bilder PI, UCLA)
2004-2007 External Advisory Board: P20 Exploratory Transdisciplinary Imaging Genetics Center and Function BIRN (Steve Potkin, PI, University of California, Irvine)
2000-2004 Principal Investigator: Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Eye Growth National Institutes of Health R01 EY12991. TDC $200,00 year 1, $800,000 all years (9.1.00-7.31.04, 30%)
1999-2002 Principal Investigator: Biometric and Functional Studies of the Eye and Retina, National Institutes of Health R01 EY13070. TDC $150,000 year 1, $444,381 all years (12.01.99-11.30.02, 25%)
2001 Principal Investigator: High Resolution QTL Mapping in Mice. NIHLB Mammalian Genotyping Service (7.1.01). Grant funded 350,000 genotypes.
2001 Collaborator: Sleep Patterns During Infectious Disease, NIH NL70522. TDC $225,00 year 1, $1.11M all years (9.19.01-7.31.05; Linda Toth, PI; no funded effort)
2000-2005 Eye Domain Coinvestigator: Targeted Mutagenesis of the Mouse Genome and Neural Phenotypes, NIH U01-MH61971. TDC, $2,664,000/year (D Goldowitz PI, RW Williams co-PI; funding from 7.1.00-6.30.05, RW 5%)
2000 Principal Investigator: An Advanced Intercross for Mapping Multigenic Morphometric Traits in Mice: A Community QTL Mapping Resource, NIHLB Mammalian Genotyping Service. (1.1.00) Grant funded ~190,000 genotypes.
1996-2000 Principal Investigator: Genetic Control of Neuron Populations, NIH R01 NS35485. TDC ~$733,000 all years (07.1.96 to 07.31.00, 20%)
1987-2000 Principal Investigator: Growth of Optic Nerve Fibers, NIH R01 EY06627-10. TDC, $437,500 (12.1.95 to 05.30.00)
1991-1994 Principal Investigator: Development and Clonal Structure of the Mammalian Retina, NIH R01 EY 08868-03. TDC $260,518
1992-1996 Coinvestigator: Genetic Basis of Retinal Development, NIH R01 EY09586-03 (Dan Goldowitz, PI). TDC $505,991 (4.1.92 to 3.31.96)


Loren D. Carlson Prize in Physiology, 1982-83
Fellow Award, Winter Conference on Brain Research, 1987
Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Tennessee, 1995
Distinguished Scientist Award, 2007, International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society


Tissue Analyzer: Inventors Robert W. Williams, Pasko Rakic, U.S. Patent 4,932,044; filed November 4, 1988; issued June 5, 1990. See
Method for ultra-high resolution mapping of genes and determination of genetic networks among genes underlying phenotypic traits: Inventors David W. Threadgill (Chapel Hill NC) and Robert W. Williams (Memphis TN), U.S. Patent Application (EP 1543930) filed December 1, 2000.
Method for determining sensitivity to environmental toxins and susceptibility to Parkinson's disease. Inventors: Richard Smeyne (Memphis TN) and Robert W. Williams (Memphis TN). U.S. Patent Application (EP Patent 1543930).
Invention Disclosure: P2P-R cooperates with the MAD2, BUB3 and p55CDC/cdc20 mitotic checkpoint-associated proteins. Inventors: Dr. Robert E. Scott and Robert W. Williams, Memphis TN


2010 Coorganizer: Mouse Genetics 2011, Washington DC, June 22-26
2009 Coorganizer: 1st world-wide BXD scientific meeting (The BXD World), Braunschweig, (with Dr. Klaus Schughart). Nov 30 - Dec 1
Chair: INCF Digital Atlasing Taskforce meeting, Pilzen, Czech Republic (Sept 6, and 7)
2008 Organizer, International Neuroinformatics Congress, Stockholm, Workshop on Neurogenomics Meets Bioinformatics Meets Neuroinformatics (Sept 27-28)
Chair: SfN Task Force on Metadata and Linkage (with Jack Van Horn and David Van Essen). A follow-up to the PubMed Plus leadership conference
Lead organizer: INCF Workshop on Mouse and Rat Brain Atlasing Systems. March 5, UCLA
Organizer: UT-ORNL-UKY Bioinformatics Summit. Mar 28-30, Lake Barkley, KY
2007 Lead organizer: Consortium for Integrative and Translational Genomics, first meeting at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sept 27-28
Neurogenetics Terminology workshop leader: Neuroscience Informatics Framework sponsored workshop held at the SfN 2007 meeting. Jointly organized with Daniel Gardner
Lead organizer: PubMed Plus leadership conference, sponsored by the SfN, David Van Essen (President), St. Louis, June 14-16
Lead organizer: International Neuroscience Coordinating Facility Workshop on Mouse and Rat Brain Atlasing Systems. Feb 13-14, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
2006 Multistrain Mouse Testing Strategy Advisory Working Group, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, July 21 (with John Pritchard)
Databasing the Brain, European Union workshop, Oslo, Norway, June 25-27
Symposium honoring Dr. Lorraine Flaherty, Genomics Institute, Wadsworth Center, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, June 19
Neurofederatie Keynote Lecture, Endo-Neuro-Psychopharmacology (ENP) annual meeting, Amsterdam, June 7
Genes Meet Behavior, a joint symposium of the International Behavioral
Neuroscience Society and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society, Whistler, Canada, May 24
Gordon Research Conference on Genes and Behavior, Ventura, California, Feb 11-17
Blueprint LINC team member, NIH, Bethesda, March 30-31
2005 Human Brain Project Special Interest Social, presentation, SfN annual meeting, Washington, Nov 14
German Genetics Society, Genetics of Infection, symposium presentation, Braunschweig, Germany, Sept 22
Opening lecture, 4th Annual Complex Trait Consortium (CTC) meeting, Groningen, Netherlands, June 27
Mouse Models of Human Cancers Consortium Glioblastoma Meeting, St. Louis, June 16-18
International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society annual meeting, Sitges, Spain, June 9-13
GENSAT Gene Selection Advisory Meeting, Bethesda, June 7
High Q Foundation Meeting on Microarrays and Discovery of Therapeutic Targets for Huntington's Disease, New York, May 19
2nd Annual Experimental Neurogenetics of the Mouse workshop, faculty member, Memphis, May 16 -24
Plenary lecture, Data Sharing in the Age of Discovery Science, Human Brain Project, NIH, Natcher Center, April 25
Collaborative Cross Organizing Committee meeting, ORNL, March 24-25
Gordon Research Conference on Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, Ventura, California, Feb 19-24
Mouse Models of Human Cancers Consortium Committee Meeting, Vanderbilt, Jan 19-21
1st International Imaging Genetics Conference, UC Irvine, Jan 17
2004 NIEHS Toxicogenomics Research Consortium meeting, Chapel Hill, Dec 6-8
Mouse Resources Roundtable Conference, The Jackson Laboratory, Nov 19-21
Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) Symposium speaker, Boston, Oct 13
Co-organizer, 3rd Annual Complex Trait Consortium meeting, Bar Harbor, July 6-9
Organizer, 10th International Summer School on Behavioral Neurogenetics, Memphis, August 8-15
2003 Lecturer, NIDA Addiction Studies Workshop for Journalists, Tucson, Dec 8
Mouse Atlas Workshop, NIMH Office of Neuroinformatics, Nov 18
American Society of Human Genetics symposium speaker, Los Angeles, Nov 5
Oregon Health Science symposium, Portland, Oct 9
Keynote, 9th International Summer School on Behavioral Neurogenetics, Aug 6-9, Toulouse, France
Joint Statistics Meeting symposium speaker, San Francisco, Aug 4-6
Mouse Initiatives V: Genomics of Complex System in Biomedical Research, July 31-Aug 2,
Behavior Genetics Association Symposium, Chicago, June 27
2002 National Cancer Institute: Mouse Models of Human Cancers Consortium Roundtable, Newport Beach, Dec 11-13
Host and organizer, 1st Complex Trait Consortium Meeting, Memphis, May 2-4
Spring Brain Conference Plenary Session organizer: Identifying Genes Controlling Brain Structure and Behavior Using Complex Trait Analysis, Sedona, March 12-15
Chair, Bioinformatics 2002, Society for Neuroscience Short Course, Orlando, Nov 2
Instructor, 8th International Summer School on Behavioral Neurogenetics, Worcester, Aug 5-9
2001 Chair, International Complex Trait Consortium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Oct. 23
Sponsor and organizing committee, 4th Annual Meeting, International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society, San Diego, Nov. 8-9
Workshop presentation, South-East Regional Meeting of the Society of Developmental Biology, Montreat NC, May 24
Invited speaker, Neuroinformatics Faces Functional Genomics symposium: Tools for Collaborative Analysis of Complex Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Traits, Natcher Building, Bethesda, May 22
2000 NIAAA-sponsored QTL meeting, invited speaker, Washington, Dec 1 (organized by Robert Karp)
Human Brain Project: Neuroinformatics Satellite Symposium, invited participant, New Orleans, Nov 4 (presentation by GD Rosen)
1999 Co-organizer, Symposium on QTL Mapping, Behavior Genetics Association, Vancouver, July 1
Co-organizer and sponsor, Molecular Biology/Molecular Genetics of the Visual System, Center for Vision Research, Memphis, Mar 26
Gordon Research Conference in Quantitative Genetics, Ventura, Feb 14-19
1998 Lecturer, Short Course in Quantitative Neuroanatomy, Society for Neuroscience
Chair, American Association of Anatomists, Experimental Biology 98: Symposium on Quantitative Neurobiology and the Human Brain Project
Presentation, Chautauqua Short Course for college teachers in neuroscience
1997 Chair, American Association of Anatomists, Experimental Biology 97: Mini-symposium on Quantitative Neurobiology
1996-2000 Chair, Mouse Chromosome 7 Committee, International Mammalian Genome Society
1994-1996 Co-chair, Mouse Chromosome 7 Committee, International Mammalian Genome Society
1996 Co-organizer, Symposium on Cortical Development, Center for Neuroscience, University of Tennessee, Memphis, June
1991 Participant, The Jackson Laboratory, Short Course in Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics, Aug
1989 Organizer, Winter Brain Conference Workshop, Different Strategies of Brain Development, Jan (co-organizer Karl Herrup)
1985 Participant, Gordon Research Conference, Central Nervous System, Tilton School, New Hampshire, June
1983 Participant, Molecular Bases of Neuronal Development, Neuroscience Institute, Salk, La Jolla, Oct
1981 Participant, NATO Advanced Studies Institute, Formation of Neuronal Connections, Varenna, Italy, May


2007-2009 Visiting Professor, University of Utrecht (Prestige MSc Neuroscience Program hosted by Martien Kas)
2006 University of California, San Diego, March (Dr. Mark Ellisman)
2000-2002 Advisory Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2000-present Collaborator, with Profs. Tan and Gu, Nantong Medical College, Nantong, China
1997 Harvard University, Beth Israel Hospital, June (Dr. Glenn Rosen)
1996 California Institute of Technology, Aug (Drs. John Allman and Scott Fraser)
1993 The Jackson Laboratory, July (Dr. Muriel Davisson)


2008-present Chairman of the Board: Varigenix Inc., Memphis TN (a biotech startup with licenses from UTHSC and JAX to commercialize BXD strains of mice)
2007-present Chair: Oversight Committee of the INCF Digital Brain Atlasing Program
2006-2007 Scientific Advisory Board, Institute Clinique de la Souris, Strasbourg, France (Prof. Johan Auwerx)
2007-present Scientific Advisory Board, Conte Center: Genes Controlling Assembly and Function of Serotonin Systems, Randy Blakely and colleagues, Vanderbilt University
2002-2008 NIAAA INIA-Stress Scientific Advisory Board
2006-present Scientific Advisory Board, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR), UCSD, Mark Ellisman and colleagues
2006-2008 US Representative and Advisory Board member, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), Stockholm, Sweden
2004-2009 Scientific Advisory Board, Portland Alcohol Research Center, VAM (PARC) Portland
2004-2007 External Advisory Board, Exploratory Transdisciplinary Imaging Genetics Center (Steven Potkin, PI, UCI)
2001-2007 Genome Explorations Inc., Memphis


Speaker: Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Use of New Mouse Models for High-Efficiency Translational Research. Children's Foundation Research Center seminar, Le Bonheur Hospital, Memphis, Sep 21
Presenter: Genetics of Nicotine Addiction, Lung Cancer, and COPD. GeneNetwork: a web resource to study gene functionand to evaluate candidate genes from GWAS studies. 1 hr. web seminar (hosted by J. Pollack), July 27
Speaker: International Society for Computational Biology, ISMB/ECCB, Highlights Special Session on eQTL, Stockholm, Sweden, Jun 28
Speaker: ICNF, Presentation on the Digital Brain Atlasing Program, Karolinska, Sweden, May 7
Speaker: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 1
Speaker: International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation meeting, Memphis, April 20
Speaker: Buck Institute for Age Research, Novato, CA, Apr 20
Seminar: UTHSC Molecular Sciences: A practical guide to host genetics of infectious disease using mouse reference populations, Apr 13.
Seminar and workshop: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Dept of Animal Science, Mar 30 - 31
Speaker and consultant: UCLA, Symposium on ultra high throughput biology, Feb 19 - 20
Two lectures and workshop: University of Utrecht, Rudolf Magnus Institute, Jan 5 - 9
Speaker: Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, VCU, Richmond, Dec 2
Speaker: NIDA Workforce Development, Philadelphia, Nov 16
Speaker: Departments of Pharmacology, University of Colorado, Denver, Richmond, Nov 3
Speaker: GeneSys Inaugural Meeting, Systems genetics of brain function and disease using the GeneNetwork platform, Edinburg, Oct 1-3
Presentation: CHDI, High Q Foundation, New York and Princeton Aug 18-19
Speaker: GeNeSys 2nd Annual Meeting, Dresden Germany, Oct 24-25
Speaker and participant: Gordon Research Conference, Oxford UK, Aug 11-15
Participant: French-American Workshop on Multi-scale Modeling in Neuroscience, Bordeaux, June 8-10
Speaker: Eli Lilly and Co, May 22
Moderator: Genes, Brain, and Behavior: Symposium on Methodological considerations in the genetical genomics of complex traits, Portland OR, May 7
Speaker: Seminar, Northwestern University, Chicago, Apr 14
Speaker: Seminar and 1 day workshop leader, Dalhousie University, Department of Psychology. Halifax, Canada, Apr 4-5
Speaker: Understanding the Brain through Informatics, INCF @ Karolinska (The Neuroinformatics of Gene Expression: Collaborative Web Classes and Labs), Washington DC, Mar 7
Speaker: Universit� de Lausanne, UNIL-EPFL mini-symposium on mouse resources to map complex traits (Collaborative Web Software Systems for Integrative Genomics), Lausanne, Switzerland, Feb 26
Speaker: University of Iowa, Department of Human Genetics seminar series, Cedar Rapids, Feb 19
Speaker: University of Alabama, Birmingham, Department of Molecular Biology seminar series (Genetics of Gene Expression in Brain and Kidney: Problems and Prospects) Feb 15
Speaker: Mouse Models of Human Cancers Consortium Steering Committee satellite conference on the Collaborative Cross, Washington DC, Jan 7
Speaker: 11st Annual Meeting of GeneSys, Dresden, Germany, Dec 4-5
Co-organizer, New Directions in Data Mining: Synergies between Databases and Online Journal Publications, Society for Neuroscience workshop, San Diego, Nov 7
Speaker: California Nanosystems Institute, UCLA, Sept 18
Speaker: Riken Brain Science Institute, Tokyo, Japan, Sept 13
Speaker: Neuro2007 Special Session on International Collaborations in Neuroinformatics (Large Scale Analysis of Gene Expression in the CNS: A Rapidly Expanding Collaborative Landscape), Yokohama, Japan, Sept 10
Keynote speaker: 2nd Annual Department of Genetics Retreat, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Sept 6
Participant: International Neuroscience Coordinating Facility Workshop on Portals in Neuroinformatics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept 3-4
Seminar: Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, July 31
Seminar: Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, July 30
Workshop: High Q Foundation, New York, July 17-18
Seminar: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, July 2
Organizer: SfN PubMed Plus Leadership Conference, Washington University, St. Louis, June 17-19
NIDA Workshop, Addiction, Microarrays, and Gene Discovery, May 30-June 1
Seminar: University of Wageningen, Netherlands, May 24
Distinguished Investigator award presentation: IBANGS, Doorwerth, Netherlands, May 23
Seminar: Genetics of Gene Expression in the Mouse Eye, GSF, Seminars on Genome Research, Institute for the Environment and Health, Munich, Germany, May 15
Keynote lecture: 5th Annual Dean's Symposium, UTHSC College of Medicine, (Personalized, Predictive and Preventive Health Care: How the Mouse Will Make It Happen), April 13
Co-organizer: UT-UK-ORNL Bioinformatics Summit, Paris Landing, TN, April 13-15
Karolinska Institute, keynote seminar, Feb 15
Organizer: 1st International Neuroscience Coordinating Facility Workshop on Mouse and Rat Brain Digital Atlasing Systems, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Feb 13-14
Scripps Florida, seminar series presentation, Jupiter, Florida, Jan 9
Panelist: Society for Scholarly Publishing: Washington DC, Nov 13
Workshop presentation: Application of Pharmacogenomics to Drug Development and Therapy, 14th ISSX Meeting, Puerto Rico, Short Course presentation, Oct 22
Speaker: IIIe cycle, Lausanne Genome Day, Lausanne, Switzerland, Oct 4-5
Speaker: Unveiling Genome-Wide DNA Variation in 15 Diverse Mouse Strains: NIEHS, Sept 26
Speaker: West Virginia University Eye Institute, seminar, Sept 20
Instructor: Route 28 Meeting Adult Neurogenesis Course, Fraueninsel, Germany, Sept 2-8
Instructor: Plant Genome Short Course, Boston, Aug 1-3
Speaker: Eli Lilly Integrative Biology Research Group, Lectures, Indianapolis, June 12-13
Speaker: Workshop on Systems Genetics, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, June 6
Speaker: ARVO mini symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, May 3
Speaker: UT-UK-ORNL Bioinformatics Summit, Lake Barkley KY, April 22
Speaker: Society for Neuroscience Chapter lecture, University of Mississippi Medical Center, April 11
Speaker: SERCEB Infectious Disease Meeting, New York City, March 26-28
Speaker: Cold Spring Harbor, Systems Biology lecture, March 25
Speaker: Illumina Corp, La Jolla, March 15
Speaker: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, weekly seminar, Feb 24
Speaker: UCSB Engineering, seminar in imaging and genetics, Santa Barbara, Feb 14
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Neurobiology, Nov 28
University of Colorado, Boulder, Institute for Behavior Genetics, Oct 14
Oxford University, Wellcome Trust, July 1
Lecture, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, June 8
SERCEB Annual Meeting seminar, Chapel Hill, May 5
NIEHS Seminar: Systems Genetics, Research Triangle Park, May 2
VA MC Memphis Seminar, March 11
UTHSC Pathogenesis Center Chalk talk, March 2
NIDA, Molecular Anatomy: Synergy by Informatics 2, Feb 15
UTHSC Department of Pharmacology, Genetic Modulation of Transcripts, Cells, and Behavior: Or, How I learned to stop worrying and love complexity, Feb 9
St. Jude Children's Hospital Danny Thomas Lecture Series: Genetic Variation in Transcriptional Activity, Jan 7
Vanderbilt University: Seminar in Integrative Genomics, Nov 30
Department of Neuroscience, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Aug 27
Groningen Universiteit, Department of Stem Cell Biology, Aug 26
Route 28 Conference, Fraueninsel, Germany, Aug 23
Czech National Academy of Science, Prague, Aug 20
IGBMC Illkirch, France, Aug 18
T�bingen Neurocolloquium, Germany, May 27
GBF Braunschweig, Germany, May 25
Max-Delbr�ck-Centrum, Berlin-Buch, Germany, May 24
University of Kentucky, Lexington, April
MGH/MIT Harvard, Feb 25
Yale University, Department of Genetics, Dec 16
University of Chicago, Committee on Genetics, Dec 2
Department of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Oct 22
Nathan Kline Institute, New York, Oct 17
Special lecture: 9th international summer school on behavioral neurogenetics, Toulouse, Aug 5
Mouse Initiatives V meeting, Jackson Laboratory, Aug 1
Purdue University, June 19
Human Brain Project, Bethesda, Natcher Center, May 12
Pennsylvania State University, Genomics Spring Fever: Complex Genetics of Brain and Behavior, May 2, 3
Wadsworth Center, Albany, New York, Feb 2003
St Jude Children's Research Hospital: Dissecting Transcriptional Networks (Affymetrix Memphis User Group Meeting), Feb 6
University of Toronto, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Feb 4
Wake Forest University, Drug Addiction Workshop for Journalists, Tucson, Dec
Department of Physiology, University of California, Davis, Dec
University of Memphis, Sept 13
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, The Complex Genetics of Eye and Brain Development: Gene Network Analysis Using Microarrays, Aug 29
University of T�bingen, Neurobiology of Vision, Germany, July 9-10
King's College, London, July 7
University of Alabama, Section of Statistical Genetics, June 17
New England College of Optometry, Boston, Apr 25
Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, Mar 15
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Grand Rounds in Pediatrics, Mar 13
Neuroinformatics, 35th Annual Winter Conference on Brain Research, Jan 27
New Mouse Behavioral Phenotyping Assays: Half Moon Bay CA, Dec
Society for Developmental Biology, Southeast Regional Meeting, Workshop presentation, May
Human Brain Project Conference, NIH, Natcher Center, May
Cornell University, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Apr
Stanford University, Apr 12
University of Alabama, Birmingham, Department of Medicine, Mar 21
MCP-Hahneman, Department of Neuroscience, Mar 14
UCLA, Neuroscience Grand Rounds, Feb 7
Shanghai Medical University (Fudan), Department of Histology and Embryology, Nov
Beijing Medical University, Department of Histology and Embryology, Nov
Nantong Medical College, Neuroscience Institute, Nov
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Genetics, Oct 23
University of Tennessee, Biomedical Engineering Joint Program, Sept 14
Cold Spring Harbor, Banbury Center, August 28
UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute, Quantitative Genetics of CNS Development: View from the Trailhead, Santa Barbara, May 26
State University of New York at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, May 8
1999 and earlier
Drexel University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Nov 2, 1999
University of Michigan, Department of Genetics, Oct 5, 1999
Vanderbilt University, Vision Research Center: The genetics of brain evolution, Nashville, May 7, 1999
UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute, Santa Barbara, Feb 16, 1999
Case Western Reserve University, Department of Neurosciences, Cleveland, Jan 21, 1999
VA Medical Center, New Power of Forward Genetics: Analysis of Polygenic Traits that Control Disease and Development, Memphis, Nov 20, 1998
Case Western Reserve University, Depts. of Ophthalmology and Genetics, Cleveland, Nov 18, 1998
Yale University, Department of Neuroanatomy, New Haven, July 1998
University of Southern California, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, June 1998
UCSD Department of Neuroscience, San Diego, June 1998
Pasteur Institute, Paris, France, Oct 1997
Mount Sinai Medical School, Department of Neuroscience, New York, NY, June 1997
Harvard University, Beth Israel Deaconess, Department of Neurology, June 1997
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Nov. 1995
Conference on Brain Evolution, Ithaca, New York, June 1995
National Cancer Institute (Steve O'Brien), Frederick, Maryland, June 9, 1995
The Jackson Lab Bioinformatics Group, Bar Harbor Maine, July 1993
25th Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Memphis, Oct 24, 1993
University of Utah, Department of Biology, Salt Lake City, Jan. 1989
Winter Conference for Brain Research, Snowbird, Utah, Jan. 1989
University of Texas, Houston, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Dec 1988
SUNY, Stony Brook, Department of Neurobiology, Oct 1988
Winter Conference for Brain Research, Vail, Colorado, Jan 1987
Conference on the Development of the Vertebrate Retina, Ithaca, New York, June 1987
New York University, Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, New York, Oct 1986
University of Rochester, Center for Visual Sciences, Rochester, New York, Apr 1986
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Nov 1986
University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology, June 1985
Stanford University, Department of Neurobiology, June 1985
SUNY Department of Biological Sciences, Albany, New York, Jan 1984


Anatomy and Embryology, Behavior Genetics, Brain Behavior and Evolution, Behavioral Brain Sciences, Cerebral Cortex, Current Biology, Developmental Biology, European Journal of Neuroscience, Experimental Eye Research, Gene Expression Patterns, Genesis, Genomics, Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Journal of Comparative Neurology, Journal of Heredity, Journal of Neurobiology, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Molecular Vision, Nature Genetics, Neuroscience, Optometry and Vision Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Science, Visual Neuroscience, Vision Research


2008-present Editor-in-Chief: Frontiers in Neurogenomics
2007-2010 Editorial advisory board: Alcohol Research & Health (NIAAA)
2007-present Associate editor: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics (CRC Press)
2005-2008 Member: Executive Committee of the Collaborative Cross
2006-2008 NeuroCommons Working Group (Science Commons, Creative Commons); chaired by John Wilbanks
2006-2008 US Representative and member of the Executive Committee of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF, Stockholm)
2006-2008 Advisory board member of the NIH Blueprint Neuroinformatic Framework group (PI Dan Gardner)
2004-2005 President: International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (executive committee from 2003-2006)
2004-present Chair (2004-2008) and member: Neuroinformatics Committee, Society for Neuroscience
2004-2005 Member: International Mouse Resource Centers Roundtable
2004-present Elected Member: International Committee on Standardized Genetic Nomenclature for Mice
2003-2005 Member: Committee on Animals in Research, Society for Neuroscience
2004-2005 Member: Science Educator Award Selection Committee, SfN
2006-present Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration (
2005-present Alcohol: editorial board member
2002-present Genes, Brain and Behavior: editorial board member
2002-present Neuroinformatics: editorial board member
2002 Gene Expression Patterns: board member
2001-present BioMed Central Neuroscience: core reviewer board member
2001-present Behavior Genetics: editorial board member
2000 Behavior Genetics: guest editor
1995-present Molecular Vision: board member
1993-present European Journal of Anatomy: board member


2008-2011 Chair, Molecular Neurogenetics (MNG) Study Section
2009 Review for NWO: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (TOP-Chemistry in relation to biological and medical sciences 2008)
2007 Chair, MDCN-K(51) Special Emphasis Panel, NIH IRG: Neuroinformatics and Neuroimaging, July 18-19
2007 Special Emphasis, NIH IRG: Conte Center: ZMH1-ERB-S-03, Feb 26
2006 Review Member, NIH IRG: Neuroinformatics and Neuroimaging: ZRG1 MDCN-K51 S, June 21
2005 ZRG1 MDCN-K (92), Neurogenetics
2004 Chair NIH ZRG1 IDM-K (04) Genetics of Viral Pathogenesis, Mar 15
2004-2005 Chair and member NIH MDCN-G (55) Human Brain Project
2004 American Institute of Biological Sciences: Disease Prevention & Epidemiology review panel, USAMRMC
2003 MRC Program Review, July 2003
2002 BISTI SS-E(51) and Human Brain Project SS-E(95), Oct 22-25
2002 MCDN Special Review panel ZRG1 SSS-P 09 S, Sept 6
2002 NEI Special Review panel ZEY1 VSN 06 R, Aug
2002 Science Foundation Ireland reviewer, July
2002 NIH Mammalian Genetics IRG, June 2002
2002-2004 Mammalian Genotyping Advisory Panel, Apr 2002, 2003, 2004
2002 NIH Special Review, Feb 8
2001 NIH Innovations in Biomedical Science Tech ZRG1 SSS-7 21B, Nov 6
2001 NIH BISTI Panel Reviewer ZRG1 SSS-E01, July 1, Nov
2001 NIH CSR Reviewer ZRG1FCN-3 01 BISTI, July 19
2001 NIH Special Emphasis Panel ZRG1 SSS-R (02), July 2
2001 NIEHS Review Panel (Inbred Rodents) ES-01-05, June 29
2001 Medical Research Council (UK) Strategic Grants Reviewer
2000 Fonds voor Weterschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (Belgian NIH)
2000 NIH VISB Study Section Ad Hoc Member, June
2000 NIMH Special Emphasis Panel Reviewer (Gene Array RFA MH-00-002, July
2000 UT System-wide Advisory Panel: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Review, July
1999 NIH VISC Study Section Ad Hoc Member, Feb
1999 NIMH Center Grant Reviewer
1999 NIMH Special Emphasis Panel Reviewer ZMH1 BRB-I
1998 Department of Veterans Affairs: Merit Review Consultant
1995 Consultant to NIH VIS-B Study Section


2008 UTHSC, Behavioral Neuroscience (ANAT 821), graduate student seminar in neurogenetics
2007 University of Memphis, Bioinformatics. Four 90-minute lectures (Feb and March)
2006 The Jackson Laboratory: Short Course in Vision Research
NSF Plant Microarray Short Course, instructor, Boston, Aug 1-3
Third Annual Experimental Neurogenetics of the Mouse workshop, Memphis, May 16-24
Cold Spring Harbor, Systems Biology Short Course, March 23
2004-2006 Faculty, Annual Experimental Neurogenetics of the Mouse Workshop, 15-20 students/year (8-day short course at UTHSC and the University of Memphis)
2005-present Course director: NIEHS Short Course on Systems Genetics (offered twice) at NIEHS main campus, Sept 7-8
2005-present NS 825: Graduate School, Developmental and Molecular Neurobiology lecturer (fall)
2005-present NS212: School of Medicine, Neuroscience lecturer (fall)
2005* Society for Neuroscience, Meet the Expert Series leader, Microarray analysis, SfN annual meeting, Washington, Nov 12
Memphis City Schools Middle/Secondary Science In-Service Session 15: The Human Genome, August 11 (2 sessions)
2001-present Course member and co-director: International Summer School in Behavioral Neurogenetics (Behavioral Neurogenetics Initiative). Annual course (one week, 15 to 30 grad and postdoctoral students/year)
2001-2003 Course co-director: Neuroscience Seminar Series (NS8): a graduate level course, 15-20 contact hours, ~15 students/year.
1992-2003 Course director: Morphological Neuroscience (NS822): a graduate level course, ~40 contact hours, ~ 8 students/year.
2003-2004 Lecturer: Comparative Medicine CM712, UTHSC: Mouse Genetics (graduate level)
2003-present Lecturer: Bioinformatics, University of Memphis (graduate level)
2000-2002 Lecturer and Lab: Medical Neuroanatomy (M): ~20 contact hours, Lectures in CNS development. 150 students/year.
2002-2003 Short Course director: Society of Neuroscience, Bioinformatics
2003 Course co-director: Memphis Microarray Short Course, June 4-12
2002 Lecturer: NIDA Addiction Studies Workshop for Journalists, Tucson, Dec 8
2002 Short Course director: UAB Birmingham: Design and Analysis of Recombinant Inbred Strain Experiments, all day course, June 18
1998 Course Lecturer: Short Course in Quantitative Neuroanatomy, Society for Neuroscience, Los Angeles
1994-1996 Course director: Seminars in Neuroscience (NS821): Graduate level. 40 contact hours, 10 to 15 students per year
1995 SGAEC Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Tennessee (for NS822)
1995 Short Course in Genetic Testing: Memphis city schools service training for science high school teachers. 15 high school science teachers.
1994-1995 Human and Mouse Genetics: City Labs program for high school science teachers. 10 to 12 high school science teachers.
1990-1996 Medical Embryology, University of Tennessee, 8 lectures on development of cardiovascular, urogenital, and gastrointestinal systems. 8 lecture hours, ~120 first-year medical students.
1983-1989 Neuroscience-Neuroanatomy laboratory instructor, Yale University. Team-taught first-year medical students, roughly 20 contact hours, 25 students per lab.
1982 Course Director: Sensory Psychology, University of California, Davis. 25 junior and senior psychology majors.


2001 - present Founding Director: Complex Trait Consortium
2007 - present Scientific Director: Center for Integrative and Translational Genomics, UTHSC
2000 - 2008 Director (2007-2008) and codirector: UT Center of Excellence in Genomics and Bioinformatics
2003 - present Member: Health Science Center Information Technology Committee
2004 - present Member: Biomedical Informatics Research Network (Mouse BIRN)
2001 - present The Center for Vision Research, UTHSC
2005 - 2006 Member: Search Committee; Executive Dean of UT Medical Colleges
2002 University of Tennessee Research Foundation Task Force Subcommittee (T. Ballard, chair)
2001 - 2002 Section Coordinator for the Visual and Auditory Systems research section, Center for Neuroscience, UTHSC
2002 - 2004 Member: Computing and Telecommunications Committee of the UTHSC Faculty Senate (C. Russell, chair). Chair: Research Computing subcommittee, UTHSC
1999 - present Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium, Scientific Steering Committee
1999 - 2001 Member: Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC
1999 - present Scientific Advisory Board: Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium
1998 Chair: Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC
1998 - present Member: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Space and Research Committee, UTHSC
1997 - present Member: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Advisory Council, UTHSC
1997 - present Member: Graduate Health Sciences Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Advisory Committee, UTHSC
1997 - 1999 Member: Center for Neuroscience: Graduate Student Recruitment Committee, UTHSC
1990 - 1997 Member: University of Tennessee, Graduate Health Science School, Policy Subcommittee
1995 - 1997 Member: University of Tennessee, Graduate Health Science School, Graduate Studies Council
1990 - 1994 Member, University of Tennessee library committee member
1990 - 1996 Member: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology: Graduate student admissions and policy committee


Megan Mulligan, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow (May 2009 - present)
Khyobeni Mozhui Ph.D. in 2009 (Now a postdoctoral fellow with RWW)
Daniel Ciobanu, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow with RWW from 2007-Jan 2009. Now Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Collin Hovinga, Pharm.D. K12 CTSI-sponsored research mentor. Collin is currently an assistant professor in Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics at UTHSC (2008-2010)
Jasgit (Jesse) C. Sachdev M.D. K12 CTSI-sponsored research mentor. Jesse is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at UTHSC (2008-2010)
Manjunatha N. Jagalur Ph.D. candidate, computer science. Primary mentor is Dr. David Kulp at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My role is as a joint Ph.D. advisor.
Richelle C. Strom Ph.D. in 1999, University of Tennessee. Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Ruben Adler, Johns Hopkins University
Dennis S. Rice Ph.D. in 1996, University of Tennessee. Director of Ophthalmology at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, The Woodlands, TX
Dale Hogan, Ph.D. NRSA NEI Postdoctoral fellow, 1992-1996; Research Associate with Mark Opp, Department of Psychiatry and Behavior, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Guomin Zhou, M.D., Ph.D. Research fellow, 1997-1999; Chairman and Professor of Histology and Embryology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Lu Lu, M.D. Research fellow, 1999-2001; Associate Professor, UTHSC; Professor in Histology and Embryology, Medical University of Nantong, China
David C. Airey, Ph.D. NRSA, NEI Postdoctoral fellow, April 1999-July 2001; Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Elissa J. Chesler, Ph.D. Research fellow, July 2002-2005; staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Director, Systems Genetics Group
Jeremy Peirce, Ph.D. Research fellow, June 2003-2006; staff scientist at Illumina Inc. Author of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (2008) by Chelsea House Publishers
Anand Kulkarni, M.D. Research fellow, Nov 1999-Nov 2000; pathologist, UTHSC
Siming Shou, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow, September 2001-2002
E. Gilissen, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow (1996-1997, with John Allman at Caltech); faculty Ph.D. of paleontology, University of the Witwassersrand, South Africa
Kathryn Ryder M.D. Dissertation, Yale University School of Medicine, 1987; associate professor, Department of Medicine, UTHSC
Michael Borodkin M.D. dissertation, Yale University School of Medicine, 1989


Khyobeni Mozhui Ph.D. in Neuroscience, UTHSC, May 2009
Rick Laughlin Ph.D. candidate, UCLA 2008
Nourtan Adeltawab Ph.D. candidate, UTHSC 2008
C. J. Jeon Ph.D. in Neuroscience, UTHSC 1992
Angela R. Howe Ph.D. in Neuroscience, UTHSC 1994
Vandana Menon Ph.D. in Physiology, UTHSC 1996
Qing Tang Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC June 1996
Loren Martin Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC Nov 2000
Toya H. Kimble Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC Jan 2003
Félix Vázquez-Chona Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC 2006
Kathryn Ryder, M.D. M.S. in Epidemiology, UTHSC 2002
A. Iannaccone, M.D. M.S. in Epidemiology, UTHSC 2002

A substantial number of these papers are available online at

1 Williams RW, Chalupa LM (1982) Prenatal development of retinocollicular projections in the cat: An anterograde tracer transport study.
2 Stone, J, Rapaport DH, Williams RW, Chalupa LM (1982) Uniformity of cell distribution in the ganglion cell layer of prenatal cat retina: Implications for mechanisms of retinal development.
3 Williams RW, Bastiani MJ, Chalupa LM (1983) Loss of axons in the cat optic nerve following fetal unilateral enucleation: An electron microscopic analysis.
4 Williams RW, Chalupa LM (1983) An analysis of axon caliber within the optic nerve of the cat: Evidence of size groupings and regional organization. Journal of Neuroscience 3: 1554-1564
5 Williams RW, Chalupa LM (1983) Development of the retinal pathway to the pretectum of the cat.
6 Chalupa LM, Williams RW, Hughes MJ (1983) Visual properties of neurons in the tectorecipient zone of the cat's lateral posterior-pulvinar complex: A comparison with the superior colliculus.
7 Chalupa, LM, Williams RW (1984) Organization of the cat's lateral geniculate nucleus following interruption of prenatal binocular competition. Human Neurobiology 3: 103-107
8 Chalupa LM, Williams RW, Henderson Z (1984) Binocular interaction in the fetal cat regulates the size of the ganglion cell population.
9 Williams RW, Rakic P (1985) Dispersion of growing axons within the optic nerve of the embryonic monkey.
10 Williams RW, Crabtree, JW, Chalupa LM, Spear PD, Kornguth SE (1985) Selectivity of antibody-mediated destruction of retinal ganglion cell axons.
11 Williams RW, Bastiani MJ, Lia B, Chalupa LM (1986) Growth cones, dying axons, and developmental fluctuations in the fiber population of the cat's optic nerve.
12 Lia B, Williams RW, Chalupa LM (1986) Does axonal branching contribute to the overproduction of optic nerve fibers during early development of the cat's visual system.
13 Lia B, Williams RW, Chalupa LM (1987) Formation of retinal ganglion cell topography during prenatal development. Science 236:848-851
14 Williams RW, Rakic P (1988) Elimination of neurons from the lateral geniculate nucleus of rhesus monkeys during development. Journal of Comparative Neurology 272:424-436
15 Williams RW, Rakic P (1988) Three-dimensional counting: An accurate and direct method to estimate cell numbers in sectioned material. Journal of
16 Wikler KC, Williams RW, Rakic P (1990) Photoreceptor mosaic: Number and distribution of rods and cones in the rhesus monkey retina. Journal of Comparative Neurology:297:499-508
17 Williams RW, Borodkin M, Rakic P (1991) Growth cone distribution patterns in the optic nerve of fetal monkeys: Implications for mechanisms of axonal guidance. Journal of Neuroscience 11: 1081-1094
18 Rakic, P., Su-er I, Williams RW (1991) A novel cytoarchitectonic area induced experimentally within the primate visual cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 88: 2083-2087
19 Williams RW (1991) The human retina has a cone-enriched rim. Visual Neuroscience 6:403-406
20 Williams RW, Goldowitz D (1992) Structure of clonal and polyclonal cell arrays in chimeric mouse retina. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA
21 Williams RW, Cavada C, Reinoso-Su�rez F (1993) Rapid evolution of the visual system: A cellular assay of the retina and dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus of the Spanish wildcat and the domestic cat. Journal of Neuroscience 13:208-228
22 Williams RW, Hogan D, Garraghty PE (1994) Target recognition and visual maps in the thalamus of achiasmatic mutant dogs. Nature
23 Williams RW (1994) The Portable Dictionary of the Mouse Genome: A personal database for gene mapping and molecular biology. Mammalian Genome: 5:372-375. See . This short paper's main claim to fame is that it is the earliest publication in PubMed to list a web site URL ("http://") in the abstract.
24 Brilliant MB, Williams RW, Conti C, Angel J, Holdener BC (1994) Mouse chromosome 7. Mammalian Genome 5: S104-S123
25 Dell'Osso LF, Williams RW (1995) Ocular motor abnormalities in achiasmatic mutant Belgian sheepdogs: Unyoked eye movements in a mammal. Vision Research: 35:109-116
26 Scheetz AJ, Williams RW, Dubin MW (1995) Severity of ganglion cell death during early postnatal development is modulated by neuronal activity and binocular competition. Visual Neuroscience 12:605-610
27 Hogan D, Williams RW (1995) Analysis of the retinas and optic nerves of achiasmatic Belgian sheepdogs. Journal of Comparative Neurology: 352:367-380
28 Rice DS, Williams RW, Goldowitz D (1995) Genetic control of retinal projections in inbred strains of albino mice. Journal of Comparative Neurology 354: 459-469
29 Rice DS, Williams RW, Harris B, Bailey PW, Davisson MT, Goldowitz D (1995) Mapping the Bst mutation on mouse Chromosome 16: A model for human optic atrophy. Mammalian Genome 6:546-548
30 Hogan D, Garraghty PE, Williams RW (1996) Lamination and visual topography in the lateral geniculate nucleus of normal and achiasmatic dogs. European Journal of Anatomy 1:3-11
31 Ezer AD, Williams RW, Goldowitz D (1996) Arbitrary primer PCR of dog DNA with estimates of average heterozygosity. Journal of Heredity 87:450-455
32 Goldowitz D, Rice DS, Williams RW (1996) Clonal architecture of the mouse retina. Progress in Brain Research 108: 2-15
33 Brilliant MH, Williams RW, Holdener BC, Angel JM (1996) Mouse chromosome 7. Mammalian Genome
34 Hamvas R, Trachtulec Z, Forejt J, Williams RW, Artzt K, Fischer-Lindahl K., Silver LM
35 Williams RW, Strom RC, Rice DS, Goldowitz D
36 Rice DS, Tang Q, Williams RW, Harris B, Davisson MT, Goldowitz D (1997) Retinal ganglion cell loss and misdirect axon growth associated with fissure defects in Bst mutant mice. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 38:2112-2124
37 Williams RW, Strom RC, Goldowitz D (1998) Natural variation in neuron number in mice is linked to a major quantitative trait locus on Chr 11. Journal of Neuroscience 18:138-146
38 Williams RW, Holdener BC, Angel JM, Oakey R, Hunter K (1998) Mouse chromosome 7. Mammalian Genome 8:S136-159.
39 Strom, RC, Williams RW (1998) Cell production and cell death in the generation of normal variation in neuron number. Journal of Neuroscience 18:9948-9953
40 Dell'Osso, LF Williams RW, Jacobs JB, Erchul DM (1998) The congenital and see-saw nystagmus in the prototypical achiasma of canines: comparison to the human achiasmatic prototype. Vision Research 38:1629-1641
41 Zhou G, Williams RW (1999) Eye1 and Eye2: Gene loci that modulate eye size, lens weight, and retinal area in mouse. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 40:817-825
42 Williams RW (1999) A targeted screen to detect recessive mutations that have quantitative effects. Mammalian Genome 10:734-738
43 Zhou G, Williams RW
44 Williams RW, Angel JM, Holdener BC, Oakey R, Hunter K (1999) Mouse chromosome 7. Mammalian Genome 10:947
45 Dell'Osso LF, Hertle RW, Williams RW, Jacobs JB (1999) A new surgery for congenital nystagmus: effects of tenotomy on an achiasmatic canine and the role of extraocular proprioception. J Amer Acad Ped Ophthal Soc, 3:166-182
46 Toth LA, Williams RW (1999) Circadian patterns of locomotor activity in CXB recombinant inbred mice. Behavior Genetics 29:319-328
47 Toth LA, Williams RW (1999) Strain-related differences in slow wave sleep and rapid-eye-movement sleep in C57BL/6J and BALB/c mice.
48 Toth LA, Williams RW (1999) Circadian patterns of slow wave sleep in influenza-infected C57BL/6 and BALB/c mice: A genetic analysis using CXB recombinant inbred strains. Behavior Genetics 29:339-348
49 Rice DS, Goldowitz D, Williams RW, Hamre K, Johnson PT, Tan SS, Reese BE (1999) Extrinsic modulation of retinal ganglion cell projections: analysis of the albino mutation in pigmentation mosaic mice. Developmental Biology 216:41-56
50 Hogan D, Garraghty PE, Williams RW (1999) Asymmetric connections, duplicate layers, and reversed maps in the primary visual system. Journal of Neuroscience 19: RC38:1-6
51 Kimble TDH, Williams RW
52 Dell'Osso LF, Hogan D, Jacobs JB, Williams RW (1999) Eye movements in canine hemichiasma: Does human hemichiasma exist? Neuro-ophthalmology 22:47-58
53 Angel JM, Williams RW (2000) Mouse chromosome 7. Mammalian Genome 11: 948-949
54 Williams RW, Lu L, Kulkarni A, Zhou G, Airey DC (2001) Genetic dissection of the olfactory bulbs of mice: QTLs on chromosomes 4, 6, 11, and 17 modulate bulb size. Behavior Genetics, 31:61-77
55 Cook MN, Williams RW, Flaherty L (2001) Anxiety-related behaviors in the elevated zero maze are affected by genetic factors and retinal degeneration. Behavioral Neuroscience, 115:468-476
56 Lu L, Airey DC, Williams RW (2001) Complex trait analysis of the mouse hippocampus: Mapping and biometric analysis of two novel gene loci that modulate hippocampal size. Journal of Neuroscience, 21:3503-3514
57 Rosen GD, Williams RW (2001) Complex trait analysis of the mouse striatum: Independent QTLs modulate volume and neuron number. Biomed Central Neuroscience 2:5
58 Airey DC ,Lu L, Williams RW (2001). Genetic control of the mouse cerebellum: identification of quantitative trait loci modulating size and architecture. Journal of Neuroscience, 21:5099-5109
59 Hardy CL, Lu L, Nguyen P, Woodland DL, Williams RW, Blackman MA (2001) Identification of quantitative trait loci controlling activation of TRBV4 CD8+ T cells during murine g-herpes virus-induced infectious mononucleosis Immunogenetics, 53: 395-400
60 Williams RW, Gu J, Qi S, Lu L (2001) The genetic structure of recombinant inbred mice: High-resolution consensus maps for complex trait analysis.
61 Zhou G, Strom RC, Giguere V, Williams RW (2001) Modulation of retinal cell populations and eye size in retinoic acid receptor knockout mice. Molecular Vision, 7,
62 Hsu, HC, Mountz JD, Williams RW, Shelton BJ, Yang P, Matsuki Y, Xu X, Zhang HG, Geiger H, van Zant G (2002) Age-related change in thymic T-cell development is associated with genetic loci on mouse chromosomes 1, 3, and 11.
63 Geisert Jr EE, Williams RW, Geisert G, Maecker HT, Deng J, Levy S (2002) Increased brain size and glial cell number in CD81-null mice.
64 Airey DW, Lu L, Shou S, Williams RW (2002) Genetic sources of individual differences in cerebellum. The Cerebellum 1:233-240
65 Hitzemann R, Hitzemann B, Rivera S, Gatley J, Thanos P, Lu L, Shou S, Williams RW (2002) Dopamine D2 receptor binding, Drd2 expression and the number of dopamine neurons in the BXD recombinant inbred series: genetic relationships to alcohol and other drug associated phenotypes. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 27:1-11
66 Grizzle WE, Mountz JD, Yang PA, Xu X, Sun S, Van Zant GE, Williams RW, Hsu HC, Zhang HG (2002) BXD recombinant inbred mice represent a novel T-cell mediated immune response tumor model. International Journal of Cancer 101:270-279
67 Cook R, Lu L, Gu J, Williams RW, Smeyne RJ (2003) Identification of a single QTL, Mptp1, for susceptibility to MPTP-induced substantia nigra pars compacta neuron loss in mice. Molecular Brain Research 110:279-288
68 Hsu HC, Zhang HG, Li L, Yi N, Yang PA, Wu Q, Zhou J, Sun S, Xu X, Yang X, Lu L, Van Zant G, Williams RW, Allison DB, Mountz JD (2003) Age-related thymic involution in C57BL/6J X DBA/2J recombinant inbred mice maps to mouse chromosome 9.
69 Hitzemann R, Malmanger B, Reed C, Lawler M, Hitzemann B, Coulombe S, Buck K, Rademacher B, Walter N, Polyakov Y, Sikela J, Williams RW, Flint J, Talbot C (2003) A strategy for integration of QTL, gene expression, and sequence analyses. Mammalian Genome 14: 733-747
70 Schaeffel F, Burkhardt E, Howland HC, Williams RW (2004) Measurement of refractive state and deprivation myopia in two strains of mice. Optometry and Vision Science, 81:99-110
71 Peirce J, Chesler EJ, Williams RW, Lu L (2003) Genetic architecture of the mouse hippocampus: identification of gene loci with regional effects. Genes, Brain and Behavior 2:238-252
72 Wang J, Williams RW, Manly KF (2003) WebQTL: Web-based complex trait analysis. Neuroinformatics 1:299-308
73 Pollock GS, Robichon R, Boyd KA, Kerkel KA, Kramer M, Lyles J, Ambalavanar R, Khan A, Kaplan DR, Williams RW, Frost DO (2003) TRKB receptor signaling regulates dynamics of developmental retinal ganglion cell death but not final number. Journal of Neuroscience 23: 10137-10145
74 Rosen GD, La Porte NT, Diechtiareff B, Pung, CJ, Nissanov J, Gustafson C, Bertrand L, Gefen S, Fan Y, Tretiak OJ, Manly KF, Parks MR, Williams AG, Connolly MT, Capra JA, Williams RW (2003) Informatics center for mouse genomics: the dissection of complex traits of the nervous system. Neuroinformatics, 1:327-342
75 Chesler EJ, Wang J, Lu L, Qu Y, Manly KF, Williams RW (2003) Genetic correlates of gene expression in recombinant inbred strains: a relational model system to explore neurobehavioral phenotypes. Neuroinformatics 1: 343-357
76 Seecharan DJ, Kulkarni AL, Lu L, Rosen GD, Williams RW (2003) Genetic control of interconnected neuronal populations in the mouse primary visual system. Journal of Neuroscience 23:11178-11188
77 Williams AG, Williams RW (2004) GenomeMixer: A complex genetic cross simulator. Bioinformatics 20:2488-2490
78 Peirce J, Lu L, Gu J, Silver LM, Williams RW (2004) A new set of BXD recombinant inbred lines from advanced intercross populations in mice. BMC Genetics 5:7
79 Williams RW, Bennett B, Lu L, Gu J, DeFries JC, Carosone-Link P, Rikke B, Belknap JK, Johnson TE (2004) Genetic structure of the LXS panel of recombinant inbred mouse strains. Mammalian Genome 15:637-647
80 Schauwecker PE, Williams RW, Santos JB (2004) Genetic control of seizure-induced cell death susceptibility in mice. Journal of Comparative Neurology 477:96-107
81 Ponomarev I, Schafer GL, Blednov YA, Williams RW, Iyer VR, Harris A (2004) Convergent analysis of cDNA and short oligomer microarrays, mouse null mutant, and bioinformatics resources to study complex traits. Genes, Brains and Behavior 3:360-368
82 Tan XL, Zhou Y, Cai KF, Shao YX, Zhu SX, Lu L, Williams RW, Gu XS (2004) Identification of QTLs for weight and cross-sectional area on cervical enlargement of spinal cord in mice. Yi Chuan Xue Bao 31:801-806
83 Jablonski MM, Lu L, Wang, XF, Chesler EJ, Carps E, Qi S. Gu J, Williams RW (2004) The ldis1 lens mutation in RIIIS/J mice maps to chromosome 8 near cadherin 1. Molecular Vision 10:577- 587
84 Simon P, Schott K, Williams RW, Schaeffel F (2004) Post-translational regulation of the immediate early gene EGR1 by light in the mouse retina. European Journal of Neuroscience 20:3371-3377
85 Scott RE, White-Grindley E, Ruley HE, Chesler EJ, Williams RW (2005) P2P-R expression is genetically coregulated with components of the translation machinery with PUM2, a translational repressor that associates with the P2P-R mRNA. Journal of Cellular Physiology 204:99-105
86 Baldwin NE, Chesler EJ, Kirov S, Langston MA, Snoddy JR, Williams RW, Zhang B (2005) Computational, integrative and comparative methods for the elucidation of genetic co-expression networks. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology 2:172-180
87 Mountz JD, Yang PA, Wu Q, Zhou J, Tousson A, Fitgerald A, Allen J, Wang X, Cartner S, Grizzle WE, Yi N, Lu L, Williams RW, and Hsu H-C (2005) Genetic segregation of spontaneous erosive arthritis and generalized autoimmune disease in BXD2 recombinant inbred strain of mice. Scandinavian Journal of Immunology 61:128-138
88 Chesler EJ, Lu L, Shou S, Qu Y, Gu J, Wang J, Hsu HC, Mountz JD, Baldwin N, Langston MA, Threadgill DW, Manly KF, Williams RW (2005) Genetic dissection of gene expression reveals polygenic networks modulating brain structure and function. Nature Genetics 37:233-242
89 Bystrykh L, Weersing E, Dontje B, Sutton S, Pletcher MT, Wiltshire T, Su AI, Vellenga E, Wang J, Manly KF, Lu L, Chesler EJ, Alberts R, Jansen RC, Williams RW, Cooke M, de Haan G (2005) Uncovering regulatory pathways affecting hematopoietic stem cell function using "genetical genomics" Nature Genetics 37:225-232
90 Kerns RT, Ravindranathan A, Hassan S, Cage MP, York T, Williams RW, Miles MF (2005) Ethanol-responsive brain region expression networks: implications for behavioral responses to acute ethanol in DBA/2J versus C57BL/6J mice. Journal of Neuroscience 25:2255-2265
91 Carlborg �, De Koning D-J, Chesler EJ, Manly KM, Williams RW, Haley CS (2005) Methodological aspects of the genetic dissection of gene expression. Bioinformatics 21:2383-2393
92 Manly KF, Wang J, Williams RW (2005) Weighting by heritability for detection of quantitative trait loci with microarray estimates of gene expression. Genome Biology 6:R27.1-27.10
93 Zou F, Gelfond JA, Airey DC, Lu L, Manly KF, Williams RW, Threadgill DW (2005) Quantitative trait locus analysis using recombinant inbred intercrosses (RIX): theoretical and empirical considerations. Genetics 170:1299-1311
94 Tsaih, SW, Lu L, Airey DC, Williams RW, Churchill GA (2005) Quantitative trait mapping in a diallel cross of recombinant inbred lines. Mammalian Genome 16:344-355
95 Li HQ, Lu L, Manly KF, Wang J, Zhou M, Williams RW, Cui Y (2005) Inferring gene transcriptional modulatory relations: a genetical genomics approach. Human Molecular Genetics 14:119-1125
96 Jablonski MM, Wang, XF, Lu L, Miller DR, Rinchik EM, Williams RW, Goldowitz, D (2005) The Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium: identification of novel ocular mutants. Visual Neuroscience 22:595-604
97 Jablonski MM, Dalke C, Wang XF, Lu L, Manly K, Pretsch W, Pardue M, Rinchik, Williams RW, Goldowitz D, Graw J (2005) An ENU-induced mutation in Rs1h causes disruption of retinal structure and function. Molecular Vision 11:596-581
98 Vazquez-Chona FR, Khan AN, Chan CK, Moore AN, Dash PK, Rosario Hernandez R, Lu L, Chesler EJ, Manly KF, Williams RW, Geisert Jr EE (2005) Genetic networks controlling retinal injury. Molecular Vision 11:958-970
99 Li CX, Wei X, Lu L, Peirce JL, Williams RW, Waters RS (2005) Genetic analysis of barrel field size in the first somatosensory area (SI) in inbred and recombinant inbred strains of mice. Somatosensory and Motor Research 22:141-150
100 Kempermann G, Chesler EJ, Lu L, Williams RW, Gage FH (2006) Natural variation and genetic covariance in adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 103:780-785
101 Lan H, Chen M, Byers JE, Yandell BS, Stapleton DS, Mata CM, Mui TK, Flowers MT, Schueler KL, Manly KF, Williams RW, Kendziorski, CM, Attie AD (2006) Combined expression trait correlations and expression quantitative trait locus mapping. PLoS Genetics 2:51-61
102 Li H, Chen H, Bao L, Manly KF, Chesler EJ, Lu L, Wang J, Zhou M, Williams RW, Cui Y (2006) Integrative genetic analysis of transcription modules: towards filling the gap between genetic loci and inherited traits. Human Molecular Genetics 15:481-492
103 Martin M, Dong H, Vallera D, Lee D, Lu L, Williams RW, Rosen GD, Cheverud J, Csernansky J (2006) Independent quantitative trait loci influence ventral and dorsal hippocampal volume in recombinant inbred strains of mice. Genes, Brain and Behavior 5:614-623
104 Bao L, Wei L, Peirce JL, Homayouni R, Li H, Zhou M, Chen H, Lu L, Williams RW, Pfeffer LM, Goldowitz D, Cui Y (2006) Combining gene expression QTL mapping and phenotype spectrum analysis to uncover gene regulatory relations. Mammalian Genome 17:575-583
105 Radcliffe RA, Lee MJ, Williams RW (2006) Prediction of cis-QTLs in a pair of inbred mouse strains with the use of expression and haplotype data from public databases. Mammalian Genome 17:643-642
106 Peirce JL, Lu L, Li H, Wang J, Manly KF, Hitzemann RJ, Belknap JK, Rosen GD, Goodwin S, Sutter TR, Williams RW (2006) How replicable are mRNA expression QTLs. Mammalian Genome 17:643-642
107 Aliesky HA, Pichurin PN, Chen CR, Williams RW, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM (2006) Probing the genetic basis for thyrotropin receptor antibodies and hyperthyroidism in immunized CXB recombinant inbred mice. Endocrinology 147:2789-2800
108 Shifman S, Bell JT, Copley RR, Taylor M, Williams RW, Mott R, Flint J (2006) A high resolution single nucleotide polymorphism genetic map of the mouse genome. PLoS Biology 4:2227-2237
109 Aziz, R, Kanal R, Abdeltawab NF, Rowe SL, Su Y, Carrigan D, Nooh MM, Attia RR, Brannen C, Gardner LA, Lu L, Williams RW, Kotb M (2007) Susceptibility to severe streptococcal sepsis: a mouse reference population to study genetic and environmental factors. Gene and Immunity 8:404-415
110 Bao L, Peirce JL, Lu L, Zhou M, Li H, Goldowitz D, Williams RW, Cui Y (2007) An integrative genomics strategy for systematic characterization of genetic loci modulating phenotypes. Human Molecular Genetics 16:1381-1390
111 Bao L, Zhou M, Wu L, Lu L, Goldowitz D, Williams RW, Cui Y (2007) PolymiRTS database: linking polymorphisms in microRNA target sites with complex traits. Nucleic Acids Res (database issue): D51-54
112 Bhave SV, Hornbaker C, Phang TL, Saba L, Lapadat R, Kechris K, Gaydos J, McGoldrick D, Dolbey A, Leach S, Soriano B, Ellington A, Ellington E, Jones K, Mangion J, Belknap JK, Williams RW, Hunter LE, Hoffman PL, Tabakoff B (2007) The PhenoGen Informatics website: tools for the analysis of complex traits. BMC Genetics 8:59
113 Dong H, Martin M, Colvin J, Ali Z, Wang L, Lu L, Williams RW, Rosen GD, Csernansky JG, Cheverud JM (2007) Quantitative trait loci linked to thalamic and cortical gray matter volumes in BXD recombinant inbred mice: implications for the genetics of schizophrenia. Heredity 99:62-69
114 Gatti D, Maki A, Chesler EJ, Kosyk O, Kirova R, Lu L, Manly KF, Qu Y, Williams RW, Perkins A, Langston ME, Threadgill DW, Rusyn I (2007) Genome-level analysis of genetic regulation of liver gene expression networks. Hepatology 46:548-557
115 Miyairi I, Tatireddigari A, Mahdi OS, Belland RJ, Lu L, Williams RW, Byrne GI (2007) The p47 GTPases Iigp2 and Irgb10 regulate innate immunity and inflammation to murine Chlamydia
116 Mozhui K, Hamre KM, Holmes A, Lu L, Williams RW (2007) Genetic and structural analysis of the basolateral amygdala complex in BXD recombinant inbred mice. Behavior Genetics 37:223-243
117 Peirce JL, Broman KW, Lu L, Williams RW (2007) A simple method for combining genetic mapping data from multiple crosses and experimental designs. PLoS One 2:e1036
118 V�zquez-Chona F, Lu L, Williams RW, Geisert EE (2007) Genetic influences on retinal gene expression and wound healing.
119 Yang J, Zhu J, Williams RW (2007) Mapping the genetic architecture of complex traits in experimental populations. Bioinformatics 23:1527-1536
120 Abdeltawab NF, Aziz RK, Kansal R, Rowe SL, Su Y, Gardner L, Brannen C, Nooh MM, Attia RR, Abdelsamed HA, Taylor WL, Williams RW, Kotb M (2008) An unbiased systems genetics approach to mapping genetic loci modulating susceptibility to severe streptococcal sepsis. PLoS Pathogens 4:e1000042
121 Bug W, Wong WW, Gustafson C, Johnson GA, Martone ME, Price DL, Rosen GD, Williams RW, Zaslavsky, Nissanov J (2008) Brain atlasing tool interoperation: NeuroTerrain-Smart Atlas synergistic visualization and analysis environment. IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering in press
122 Chesler EJ, Miller DR, Branstetter L, Galloway L, Jackson B, Philip Vm, Voy B, Culiat CT, Threadgill DW, Williams RW, Churchill GA, Johnson DK, Manly KF (2008) The Collaborative Cross at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: developing a powerful resource for systems genetics. Mammalian Genome 19:382-389
123 Crawford, NPS, Walker RC, Officewala JS, Lukes L, Williams RW, Hunter KW (2008) The diasporin pathway: a tumor progression-related network that predicts breast cancer survival. Clinical and Experimental Metastasis 25:357-369
124 Danciger M, Ogando D, Yang H, Matthes MT, Yu H, Ahern K, Yasumura D, Williams RW, LaVail MM (2008) Genetic modifiers of retinal degeneration in the rd3 mouse. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 49:2863-2869
125 Druka A, Potokina E, Luo Z, Bonar N, Druka I, Zhang, L, Marshall DF, Steffenson BJ, Close TJ, Wise RP, Kleinhofs A, Williams RW, Kearsey MJ, Waugh R (2008) Exploiting regulatory variation to identify genes and loci underlying quantitative resistance to the wheat stem rust pathogen Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici in barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 117:261-272
126 Druka A, Druka I, Centeno AG, Li H, Sun Z, Thomas WTB, Bonar N, Steffenson BJ, Ullrich SE, Kleinhofs A, Wise RP, Close TJ, Potokina E, Luo Z, Wagner C, Schweizer GF, Marshall DF, Kearsey MJ, Williams RW, Waugh R (2008) Towards systems genetic analyses in barley: Integration of phenotypic, expression and genotype data into GeneNetwork. Manuscript. BMC Genetics 9:73
127 Gardner D, Akil H, Ascoli AG, Bowden DM, Bug W, Donohue DE, Goldberg DH, Grafstein B, Grethe JS, Gupta A, Halavi M, Kennedy DN, Marenco L, Marton ME, Miller P, Muller HM, Robert A, Shepherd GM, Sternberg PW, Van Essen DC, Williams RW (2008) The Neuroscience Information Framework: a data and knowledge environment for neuroscience. Neuroinformatics 6:149-160
128 Hsu H-C, Yang PA, Wu Q, Myers R, Wang J, Guentert T, Chen J, Yi J, Tousson A, Stanus AL, Le TVL, Lorenz RG, Xu H, Kolls HK, Carter RH, Chaplin DD, Williams RW, Mountz JD (2008) Interleukin 17-producing T helper cells and interleukin 17 orchestrate autoreactive germinal center development in autoimmune BXD2 mice. Nature Immunology 9:166-175
129 Jan TA, Lu L, Li CX, Williams RW, Waters RS (2008) Genetic analysis of posterior medial barrel subfield (PMBSF) size in somatosensory cortex (SI) in recombinant inbred strains of mice. BMC Neuroscience 9:3
130 Lu L, Wei L, Peirce JL, Wang X, Zhou J, Homayouni R, Williams RW, Airey DC (2008) Using gene expression databases for classical trait QTL candidate gene discovery in the BXD recombinant inbred genetic reference population: mouse forebrain weight. BMC Neuroscience 9:444
131 McLachlan SM, Aliesky H. Pichurin PN, Chen CR, Williams RW, Rapoport B (2008) Shared and unique susceptibility genes for Graves' disease induced by thyrotropin receptor adenovirus immunization in BXH and CXB recombinant inbred mice. Endocrinology 149:2001-2009
132 Mozhui K, Ciobanu DC, Schikorski T, Wang X, Lu L, Williams RW (2008) Dissection of a QTL hotspot on mouse distal chromosome 1 that modulates neurobehavioral phenotypes and gene expression. PLoS Genetics 4:e1000260
133 Mulligan MK, Ponomarev I, Boehm SL, Owen JA, Levin PS, Berman AE, Blednov YA, Crabbe JC, Williams RW, Miles MF, Bergeson SE (2008) Alcohol trait and transcriptional genomic analysis of C57BL/6J substrain. Genes, Brain & Behavior 7:677-689
134 Pardue MT, Faulkner AE, Fernandes A, Yin H, Schaeffel F, Williams RW, Pozdeyev N, Iuvone PM (2008) High susceptibility to experimental myopia in a mouse model with a retinal on pathway defect. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 49:706-712
135 Peirce JL, Broman KW, Lu L, Chesler EJ, Zhou G, Airey DC, Birmingham AE, Williams RW (2008) Genome reshuffling for advanced intercross permutation (GRAIP): A permutation method for quantitative advanced intercross population analysis. PLoS One 3:e1977
136 Reiner DJ, Jan TA, Boughter JD, Li CX, Lu L, Williams RW, Waters RS (2008) Genetic analysis of tongue size and taste papillae number and size in recombinant inbred strains of mice. Chemical Senses 33:693-707
137 Yang RJ, Mozhui K, Karlsson RM, Cameron HA, Williams RW, Holmes A (2008) Variation in mouse basolateral amygdala volume is associated with differences in stress reactivity and fear learning. Neuropsychopharmacology 33:2595-2604
138 Badea A, Johnson GA, Williams RW (2009) Genetic dissection of the mouse brain using high-field magnetic resonance microscopy. Neuroimaging 45:1067-79 (PMID: 19349225)
139 Badea A, Johnson GA, Williams RW (2009) Genetic dissection of the mouse CNS using magnetic resonance microscopy.
140 Boon ACM, deBeauchamp J, Hollmann A, Luke J, Kotb M, Rowe S, Finkelstein D, Neale G, Lu L, Williams RW, Webby RJ (2009) Host genetic variation affects resistance to infection with a highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza A virus in mice. Journal of Virology in press
141 Brigman JL, Mathur P, Lu L, Williams RW, Holmes A (2009) Genetic relationship between anxiety- and fear-related behaviors in BXD recombinant inbred mice. Behavioral Pharmacology 20:204-209
142 Davies MN, Lawn S, Whatley S, Fernandes C, Williams RW, Schalkwyk LC (2009) Is blood a reasonable surrogate for brain in gene expression studies? Frontiers in Neurogenomics 1: 2
143 Gaglani SM, Lu L, Williams RW, Rosen GD (2009) The genetic control of neocortex volume and covariation with patterns of gene expression in mice. BMC Neuroscience 10:44 (PMID: 19426526)
144 Geisert EE Jr, Lu L, Freeman-Anderson NE, Templeton JP, Nassr M, Wang X, Gu W, Jiao Y, Williams RW (2009) Gene expression in the mouse eye: an on-line resource for genetics using 103 strains of mice. Molecular Vision in press
145 Koutnikova H, Markku L, Lu L, Combe R, Paananen J, Kuulasmaa T, Kuusisto J, Höring H, Hansen T, Pedersen,O, Smith U, Hanefel M, Williams RW, Auwerx J (2009) Identification of UBP1 as a critical blood pressure determinant. PLoS Genetics 5:e1000591
146 Lionikas A, Carlborg O, Lu L, Peirce JL, Williams RW, Yu F, Vogler GP, McClearn GE, Blizard DA (2009) Genomic analysis of variation in hindlimb musculature of mice from the C57BL/6J and DBA/2J lineage, Journal of Heredity in press
147 Overall RW, Kempermann G, Peirce J, Lu L, Goldowitz D, Gage FH, Goodwin S, Smit G, Airey DC, Rosen GD, Schalkwyk LC, Sutter TR, Nowakowski R, Whatley S, Williams RW (2009) Systems genetics of the hippocampal transcriptome in 99 mouse strains. Frontiers in Neurogenomics 1:3
148 Rosen GL, Pung C, Owens C, Caplow J, Kim H, Lu L, Williams RW (2009) Genetic modulation of striatal volume in BXD recombinant inbred mice. Genes, Brain & Behavior 8:296-308 (PMID:19191878)
149 Star K, Qi H, Lu L, Williams RW, Böttinger E (2009) Multiple quantitative trait loci affect podocyte and non-podocyte glomerular cell numbers in mice. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology in press
150 Templeton JP, Nassr M, Vazques-Chona, Freeman-Anderson NE, Orr WE, Williams RW, Geisert EE (2009) Differential response of C57BL/6J mouse and DBA/2J mouse to optic nerve crush. BMC Neuroscience 10:90
151 Whitney IE, Raven M, Ciobanu DC, Williams RW, Reese BE (2009) Multiple genes on chromosome 7 regulate dopaminergic amacrine cell number in the mouse retina. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 50:1996-2003
152 Ciobanu DC, Lu L, Mozhui K, Wang X, Morris JA, Taylor WL, Dietz K, Simon P, Williams RW (2009) Detection, validation, and downstream analysis of allelic variation in gene expression. Genetics in press
153 Peidis P Giannakouros T, Burow ME, Williams RW, Scott RE (2009) Systems genetics analyses predict a transcription role for P2P-R: molecular confirmation that P2P-R is a transcriptional co-represssor. BMC Systems Biology, in press
154 Mozhui K, Karlsson RM, Kash TL, Ihne J, Norcross M, Patel S, Farrell MR, Hill EE, Martin KP, Camp M, Fitzgerald P, Ciobanu DC, Sprengel R, Mishina M, Wellman CL, Winder DG, Williams RW, Holmes A (2009) Genetically-driven variation in behavioral responses to stress is associated with divergent glutamate plasticity. in submission (Sept 9, 2009)
155 Li Z, Wolfe C, Lu L, Williams RW, Hayes NL, Nowakowski RS, Goldowitz D (2009) Genetic influences on neural proliferation in the rostral migratory stream in the adult mouse brain. European Journal of Neuroscience in submission

Legend: Illustration of the embryonic mammalian visual system in the style of da Vinci (by RWW1985)


1 Chalupa LM, Williams RW (1984) Prenatal development and reorganization in the visual system of the cat. In Development of Visual Pathways in Mammals. Stone J, Dreher B, Rapaport DH (eds) Alan R Liss Inc, New York, pp 89-102. Full text
2 Chalupa LM, Williams RW (1985) Formation of retinal projections in the cat. In Advances in Neuronal and Behavioral Development. vol 1 (Aslin RN, ed): Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex Publishing, pp 1-32
3 Williams RW, Herrup K (1988) The control of neuron number. Annual Review of Neuroscience 11:423-453 .
4 Williams RW. Goldowitz D (1992) Lineage versus environment in embryonic retina: A revisionist perspective. Trends in Neuroscience 15:368-373
5 Williams RW, Goldowitz D (1993) Lineage versus environment in embryonic retina: Letters to the editor. Trends in Neuroscience 16:96-98
6 Williams RW (1990) The primary visual system does not care about Previc's near-far dichotomy. Why not? Behavioral and Brain Sciences: 13:557
7 Williams RW (1992) A very rare congenital eye movement disorder in Belgian sheepdogs. National Belgian Newsletter 44:75
8 Williams RW, Strom RC, Zhou G, Yan Z (1998) Genetic dissection of retinal development. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 9:249-255
9 Williams RW (1998) Neuroscience meets quantitative genetics: Using morphometric data to map genes that modulate CNS architecture. Short Course in Quantitative Neuroanatomy (Morrison J, and Hof P, eds) pp 66-78
10 Toth LA, Williams RW (1998). Genetic analysis of complex quantitative traits using inbred mice. Sleep Research Society Bulletin 4:50-56
11 Williams RW (2000). Mapping genes that modulate mouse brain development: a quantitative genetic approach. In: Mouse brain development (Goffinet AF, Rakic P, eds). Springer, New York, pp 21-49
12 Belknap JK, Crabbe JC, Phillips TJ, Hitzemann R, Buck KJ, Williams RW (2001) Quantitative trait loci and genome-wide mutagenesis: two phenotype-driven approaches to the dissection of complex murine traits. Behavior Genetics 31:5-15
13 Mountz JD, van Zant G, Zhang H, Grizzle WE, Ahmed R, Williams RW, Hsu HC (2001) Genetic dissection of age-related changes in immune function in mice. Scandinavian Journal of Immunology 54:10-20
14 Airey DC, Williams RW. (2002) Quantitative genetic perspectives. Commentary to Finlay BL, Darlington RB, and Nicastro N (2002) Developmental structure in brain evolution. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24:279-280
15 Hunter K, Williams RW (2002) Quantitative trait locus analysis in cancer research. ILAR J 43:80-88
16 Threadgill, Hunter K, Williams RW (2002) Genetic dissection of complex and quantitative traits: from fantasy to reality via a community effort. Mammalian Genome 13:175-178
17 Williams RW, Dubnau J, Enoch MA, Flaherty L, Sluyter F, Gannon KS, Maxson SC, Riedl CAL, Williams KD, Holmes A, Bolivar VJ, Crusio WE (2002) Hot topics in behavioral and neural genetics. Gene, Brain and Behavior 1:1-10
18 Williams RW, Glueck SB (2002) New views of gene expression in the brain: Focus on "Gene expression tomography.' Physiological Genomics 8:79
19 Williams RW (2002) Everyday bioinformatics: map, microarrays and beyond. Bioinformatics 2002, a Society for Neuroscience Short Course (Williams RW, Goldowitz D, eds), Society for Neuroscience, pp. 1-10
20 Dell'Osso LF, Williams RW, Jacobs JB, Hertle RW, FitzGibbon EJ, Thompson MA, Yang D (2002) Novel surgery for nystagmus: initial trial results. Research to Prevent Blindness 16: 56-57
21 Williams RW, Flaherty L, Threadgill DW (2003) The math of making mutant mice. Genes, Brain and Behavior 2:191-200
22 Williams RW, Moody SA (2003) Developmental and genetic control of cell number in the retina. In: The Visual Neurosciences, eds. Chalupa LM , Werner JS. MIT Press. pp 65-78
23 Williams RW, Broman KW, Cheverud JM, Churchill GA, Hitzemann RW, Hunter K, Mountz JD, Pomp P, Reeves RH, Schalkwyk LC, Threadgill DW (2002) A collaborative cross for high-precision complex trait analysis. 1st Workshop Report of the Complex Trait Consortium: Sept 2002.
24 von Bartheld CS, Williams RW (2003) Measurement of differential shrinkage or compression in the z-axis of tissue sections. Current Protocols in Neuroscience Unit 11.11-1.11.29 Suppl 24
25 von Bartheld CS, Williams RW (2003) Calibration of counting methods by a limited and simple 3-D reconstruction of serial sections. Current Protocols in Neuroscience Unit 11.11-1.11.29 Suppl 24
26 Williams RW, von Bartheld CS, Rosen GD (2003) Counting cells in sectioned material-3D counting, the optical disector, and Abercrombie's two-section comparison method. Current Protocols in Neuroscience Unit 1.11.1-1.11.29 Suppl 24
27 Rosen GD, Williams RW (2003) Celloidin embedding and cresyl violet staining. Current Protocols in Neuroscience Unit 11.11-1.11.29 Suppl 24
28 Rosen GD, Williams RW (2003) Estimation of regional volume from serial sections using point counting and Cavalieri's rule. Current Protocols in Neuroscience Unit 1.11
29 Williams RW, Rosen GD (2003) Providing researchers access to tissue banks. American Laboratory
30 Gardner D, Toga AW, Ascoli GA, Beatty J, Brinkley AF, Dale AM, Fox PT, Gardner EP, George JS, Goddard N, Harris KM, Herskovits EH, Hines M, Jacobs GA, Jacobs RE, Jones EG, Kennedy DN, Kimberg DY, Mazziotta JC, Miller P, Mori S, Mountain DC, Reiss AL, Rosen GD, Rottenberg DA, Shepherd GM, Smalheiser NR, Smith KP, Strachan T, Van Essen DC, Williams RW, Song STC (2003) Toward effective and rewarding data sharing. Neuroinformatics, 1:288-295
31 Schaeffel F, Simon P, Feldkaemper M, Ohngemach S, Williams RW (2003) Molecular biology of myopia. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 86: 295-307
32 The Complex Trait Consortium: Flaherty L, Abiola O, Angel JM, Avner P, Bachmanov AA, Belknap JK, Bennett BB, Blankenhorn EP, Blizard DA., Bolivar V, Brockmann GA, Buck KJ, Bureau J-F, Casley, WL, Chesler EJ, Cheverud JM, Churchill GA, Cook M, Crabbe JC, Crusio WE, Darvasi A, de Haan G, Demant P, Doerge RW, Elliott RW, Farber CR, Flint J, Gershenfeld H, Gibson JP, Gu W, Himmelbauer H, Hitzemann R, Hsu H-C, Hunter K, Iraqi F, Jansen RC, Johnson TE, Jones BC, Kempermann G, Lammert F, Lu L, Manly KF, Matthews DB, Medrano JF, Mehrabian M, Mittleman G, Mock BA, Mogil JS, Montagutelli, X, Morahan G, Mountz JD, Nagase H, Nowakowski RS, O'Hara BF, Osadchuk AV, Paigen B, Palmer AA, Peirce JL., Pomp D, Rosemann M, Rosen GD, Schalkwyk LC, Seltzer Z, Settle S, Shimomura K, Shou S, Sikela JM, Siracusa LD, Spearow JL, Teuscher C, Threadgill DW, Toth LA, Toye AA., Vadasz C, Van Zant G, Wakeland E, Williams RW, Zhang H-G, Zou F (2003) The nature and identification of quantitative trait loci: a community's view. Nature Genetics Reviews 4: 911-916
33 Nissanov J, Williams RW (2003) Mouse neuroinformatic public resources. An invitation to end-users. Neuroinformatics 1:297-298
34 Williams RW (2003) A neuroscientist's guide to genomic resources. In: The Bioinformatics of Brains: From genes and proteins to behavior (Williams RW, ed) pp. 1-8. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience
35 Williams RW (2003) WebQTL: a tour of transcriptional networks. In: The Bioinformatics of Brains: From genes and proteins to behavior (Williams RW, ed) pp. 51-59. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience
36 Williams RW (2003) Managing your lab data flux: getting beyond Excel (Williams RW, ed) pp. 83-92. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience
37 Zareparsi S, Hero A, Zack DJ, Williams RW, Swaroop A (2004) Seeing the unseen: microarray-based gene expression profiling in vision. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science 45:2457-2462
38 Chesler EJ, Lu L, Wang J, Williams RW, Manly KF (2004) WebQTL: Rapid exploratory analysis of gene expression and genetic networks for brain and behavior. Nature Neuroscience 7:485-486
39 Chesler EJ, Williams RW (2004) Brain gene expression: genomics and genetics. In: DNA Arrays in Neurobiology (ed. Miles M) Academic Press, International Review of Neurobiology 60:59-95
40 The Complex Trait Consortium: Churchill GA, ... Williams RW and many coauthors (2004) The collaborative cross: a community resource for the genetic analysis of complex traits. Nature Genetics 36: 1-5
41 de Haan G, Williams RW (2005) A genetic and genomic approach to identify longevity genes in mice. Mechanisms of Aging and Development 126:133-138
42 Johnson DK, Rinchik EM, Moustaid-Moussa N, Miller DR, Williams RW, Michaud EJ, Jablonski MM, Goldowitz D (2005) Phenotype screening for genetically-determined age-onset disorders and increased longevity in ENU-mutagenized mice. AGE 27:75-90
43 Matthews DB, Bhave SV, Belknap JK, Brittinham C, Chesler EJ, Hitzemann RJ, Hoffmann PL, Lu L, McWeeney S, Miles MF, Tabakoff B, Williams RW (2005) Complex genetics of interactions of alcohol and CNS function and behavior. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 29:1706-1719
44 Williams RW (2006) Genomics and dyslexia: Bridging the gap (2006) In: The Dyslexic Brain: New Pathways in Neuroscience Discovery, Rosen GD, ed. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 167-190
45 Williams RW (2006) Animal models in biomedical research: ethics, challenges, and opportunities. In: Principles of molecular medicine, 2nd ed. Runge MS, Patterson C eds, Chapter 8, Humana Press, Totowa, New Jersey, pp. 53-60
46 Williams RW (2006) Expression genetics and the phenotype revolution. Mammalian Genome 17:496-502
47 Peirce JL, Williams RW (2006) Expression and brain structure: black boxes between genes and behaviors. Neurobehavioral Genetics: Methods and Applications, 2nd ed (Jones B, Mormede P, eds). Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton
48 Chesler EJ, Bystrykh L, Cooke M, de Haan G, Manly KF, Williams RW (2006) Normalization procedures and detection of linkage signal in genetical-genomics experiments. Reply to RBH Williams et al., Nature Genetics 38:856-858
49 Miles M, Williams RW (2007) Meta-analysis for microarray studies on genetics of complex traits. Trends in Biotechnology 25:45-47
50 Shifman S, Tzenova Bell J, Copley RR, Taylor MS, Mott R, Flint J, Williams RW (2007) Evidence of a large-scale functional organization of mammalian chromosomes; Authors' reply. PLoS Biol 5:e128
51 Hsu HC, Lu L, Yi N, Van Zant G, Williams RW, Mountz JD (2007) Quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping in aging systems. In: Methods in Molecular Biology (Biological Aging: Methods and Protocols), Tollefsbol TO, ed. Chapter 23, Humana Press, Totowa, New Jersey, Vol 371, pp 321-348
52 Morahan G. Williams RW (2007) Systems genetics: the next generation in genetics research? Novartis Foundation Symp 281:181-188
53 Rosen GD, Chesler EJ, Manly KF, Williams RW (2007) An informatics approach to systems neurogenetics. Neuroinformatics, ed. Crasto CJ, Humana Press, New York. Methods in Molecular Biology 401:287-303
54 Boline J, Hawrylycz M, Williams RW (2007) 1st INCF workshop on mouse and rat digital atlasing systems.
55 Eye, Retina, and Visual System of the Mouse (2008) Chalupa LM, Williams RW, eds. MIT Press. 754 pp
56 Geisert EE, Williams RW (2008) The mouse eye transcriptome: cellular signatures, molecular networks, and candidate genes for human disease. In Eye, Retina, and Visual System of the Mouse (2008) Chalupa LM, Williams RW, eds. MIT Press, pp 659-674.
57 Kotb M, Fathey N, Aziz R, Rowe S, Williams RW, Lu L (2008) Unbiased forward genetics and systems biology approaches to understanding how gene-environment interactions work to predict susceptibility and outcomes of infections. Novartis Found Symp 293:156-65; discussion165-7, 181-3
58 Morahan G, Peeva V, Munish M, Williams R (2008) Systems genetics can provide new insights in to immune regulation and autoimmunity. Journal of Autoimmunity 31:233-236.
59 Williams RW, Lu L (2008) Integrative genetic analysis of alcohol dependence using the GeneNetwork web resources. In Pathways to Alcohol Dependence: Alcohol Research & Health 31:275-277
60 Beiter T, Reich E, Williams RW, Simon P (2009) Antisense transcription: a critical look in both directions. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 66:94-112
61 Badea A, Johnson GA, Williams RW (2009) Genetic dissection of the mouse CNS using magnetic resonance microscopy. Current Opinion in Neurology in press
62 Williams RW (2009) Herding cats: the sociology of data integration. Frontiers in Neuroscience in press
63 Williams RW (2009) Headlong into a genomics singularity. in press

RESEARCH WEB SITES, GeneNetwork (GN) and WebQTL were created by Manly KF, JT Wang, and RW Williams in 2001, initially as part of a Human Brain Project. GN and a number of specialized code modules (GenomeGraph, SNP Browser, QTL Reaper) are being developed by RW Williams and colleagues (2001-present). GeneNetwork is a major genomics resource site that receives ~12,000 hits per day and ~ 1200 hosts per week (see GN has reciprocal links with UCSC's Genome Browser, NCBI, The Allen Brain Atlas, NEIBank, and The BIRN MBAT project. A full mirror site of GN is maintained at the Helmholtz Zentrum fur Infektionsforschung in Germany ( Approximately 30 publications referenced GeneNetwork and WebQTL in 2007 (see Nervenet was initiated by RW Williams, January 1994. It is one of the oldest neuroscience web sites and now serves as the Williams lab portal. It predecessor, originally housed the Portable Dictionary of the Mouse Genome. The earliest "http" reference in a PubMed abstract is associated with this portal: see The Mouse Brain Library was initiated by Williams RW, Rosen GD, Williams, A.G., May 1997. The Mouse Brain Library and the Internet Atlas of the Mouse Brain have been in continuous operation since May 1997. This is a growing and well-used Internet database with histological image data for over 2000 mouse brains imaged at low, intermediate, and high resolution. It includes several stereotaxic atlases of the brains of mice. The MBL was included in ISI Current Web Contents (CC Connect TM) starting in Jan 2001. The site was reviewed by Kaiser J (2000) in Science. Mouse Brain Library: Netwatch Images selection. Science 289:211. The main web site for the Complex Trait Consortium. Founded in 2002 by RW Williams and colleagues. The site is housed in the Williams lab. The main web site for the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society. This site was initiated by Dr. Wim Crucio. It was rebuilt most recently by Arthur Centeno and RW Williams. The site is housed in the Williams lab.
6.( Initiated by Williams RW, Cruz B, Connolly M; Capra JA (1999) iScope. A software suite for telemicroscopy. ( Aug 1999-2005. As of 2006, this project and web stie has been retired.


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Synopsis: Robert (Rob) W. Williams received a BA in neuroscience from UC Santa Cruz (1975) and a Ph.D. in physiology at UC Davis with Leo M Chalupa (1983). He did postdoctoral work in developmental neurobiology at Yale with Pasko Rakic and moved to the University of Tennessee in 1989. He is a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Director of the Center for Translational Genomics, and holds the Dunavant professorship in developmental genetics in the Department of Pediatrics. Williams is a past president of the Society for Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society and founding director of the Complex Trait Consortium ( He is a member of the International Committee on Standardized Genetic Nomenclature for Mice and Chair of the Society for Neuroscience Neuroinformatics Committee. He is editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Neurogenomics, and he serves on the editorial boards of Genes, Brain & Behavior, Neuroinformatics, Alcohol, Molecular Vision, European Journal of Anatomy, Alcohol, BiomedCentral Neuroscience, the Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration, and Behavior Genetics. One of Williams' more notable recent contributions is in the field of systems biology. He and his research group have built GeneNetwork (, an online resource and data analysis toolset that is used widely by the systems genetics community.

Abstract on science: Mendelian genetics is the study of single gene variants associated with specific trait variants. Systems genetics is the analysis of many gene variants and networks of interacting traits. Neuroscience is a perfect field in which to apply systems genetics. However, it is difficult to acquire large numbers of related traits for populations of humans in an experimentally controlled setting (e.g., gene expression in hippocampus following exercise). In the case of mice, it is not so difficult; we have acquired and curated hundreds of thousands of micro-traits (mRNA expression levels) for a panel of up to 100 highly diverse lines of mice that model some of the complexity of human populations. The genetic covariance among these traits and transcripts provides remarkable insights into molecular and higher order phenotypes, up to and including behavioral variation and disease susceptibility.

Abstract on models: A Paradigm Shift in Mouse Genetics: Merging Reductionist and Holistic Approaches to Model Pervasive Diseases in Human Populations The analysis of human disease has profited enormously from systematic application of reductionist methods. But as we learn more about disease susceptibility, we realize that final outcomes are due to complex interactions among systems that are essentially irreducible. How do we model and test such complexity and take into account the major role played by genetic variation and environmental perturbations such as changes in diet, stress level, and exercise? We need experimental systems with tightly controlled genomes and environments, but with a level of genetic complexity that faithfully mirrors human populations. This is now possible using Genetic Reference Populations of mice and rats. These new resources promise to revolutionize our ability to deliver personalized and predictive health care to humans. In this talk I will review how Reference Populations are being used to study brain function, aging and disease.

Abstract for neuroscience talk. Systems Neurogenetics and Genetic Control of Expression in the Mouse Brain Many neuroscientists are interested in understanding complex networks of molecules and cellular processes that modulate structural and behavioral variation in the brain. Over the past several years our team has produced unique tissue and transcriptome resources and companion on-line analytic and stereological tools as part of the Mouse Brain Library ( and GeneNetwork ( This set of neuroinformatics resources is now being used by neuroscientists and geneticists to systematically study the complex genetics of the mammalian brain in terms of development, architecture, function, and pathology. In this presentation I will review these online resources, and demonstrate how they can be used to elucidate functions of gene networks that modulate variation in both the hippocampus and striatum by exploiting mutliscale data generated using a panel of 100 diverse strains of mice.

Video presentation:
University of Tennessee, Memphis. November 2009.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. March 2009. Windows Media Player required.


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