Dr. Arturas Petronis is a Senior Scientist and Head of the Krembil Family Epigenetics Laboratory in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at CAMH. He is also Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology and Tapscott Chair in Schizophrenia Studies, University of Toronto.
Areas of Research
Dr. Petronis has launched a comprehensive epigenetics research program in the Krembil Family Epigenetics Laboratory. This section is developing new techniques and tools to search the entire genome for gene modifications that have been identified as epigenetic risk factors. These factors are believed to play a role in the manifestation of psychiatric and other illnesses, in addition to genetic and environmental influences. Epigenetics research shows that regulation of gene activity is critically important for normal functioning of the genome. The technology may help to identify the causes of complex diseases such as schizophrenia, diabetes, and cancer, and open new avenues for developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.
View Dr. Petronis' publications on PubMed.