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I am professor in social science genetics at the  La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Madison and also hold an appointment at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam at the Department of Economics.

My research investigates how genes influence economic behavior, and how insights into the genetic architecture of behavioral outcomes can inform social and medical research. Some of my work also explores how the brain mediates relationships between genes and human behavior. I am one of the principal investigators and co-founders of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC), the BIG BEAR Consortium, and the Externalizing Consortium.


Recent publications

"Multivariate analysis reveals shared genetic architecture of brain morphology and human behavior", R. de Vlaming, E.A.W. Slob, P.R. Jansen, A. Dagher, P.D. Koellinger, P.J.F. Groenen, C.A. Rietveld. Communications Biology, 4:1180, 2021. https://rdcu.be/czmAi. Also on BioRxiv.

"Multivariate analysis of 1.5 million people identifies genetic associations with traits related
to self-regulation and addiction", R. Karlsson Linnér, T.T. Mallard, P.B. Barr, S. Sanchez-Roige, ... I. Waldman, A.A. Palmer, K.P. Harden, P.D. Koellinger, Danielle M. Dick. Nature Neuroscience, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-021-00908-3. Also on BioRxiv.

"Resource profile and user guide of the Polygenic Index Repository", J. Becker, C.A.P. Burik, ... P.D. Koellinger, ... D. Cesarini, D.J. Benjamin, P. Turley, A. Okbay. Nature Human Behaviour, Jul, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-021-01119-3. Also on BioRxiv.

“Genetic underpinnings of risky behavior relate to altered neuroanatomy”, G. Aydogan, R. Daviet, R. Karlsson Linnér, H.R. Kranzler, R.R. Wetherhill, C.C. Ruff, P.D. Koellinger, G. Nave. Nature Human Behaviour, Jan, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-01027-y. Also on BioRxiv.

Policy report

"Genome-wide association studies, polygenic scores and social science genetics: overview and policy implications", 2019, Report for the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Publications Office of the EU, doi:10.2760/948992

Last update: Oct 12th, 2021