Elliot S. Gershon, MD

Foundation Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics

5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077, Rm M344A
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-834-2660
Patient Calls: 773-834-2660
Fax: 773-834-3562

Laboratory Website: http://bluegenes.bsd.uchicago.edu/Gershon-Liu.jsp

Education & Training

  • Harvard Medical School, MD, 1965
  • Massachusetts Mental Health Center (Harvard) 1966-69
  • Postdoctoral Research, National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Program, 1969-71
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1977

Clinical Interests

  • Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders

Research Interests

  • Genetics of major psychiatric disorders
  • Neurobiology and neuropharmacology


  • Director of Training Program in Psychiatric Genetics (T32 grant from NIMH)
  • Co-Course-Director (Asst. Prof. Kristen Jacobson is Course Director) PSYC 46900 and 4700 (Multidisciplinary Approaches to Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics

Society Memberships

  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (Fellow)
  • International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (Board Member)
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • American Psychiatric Association

Selected Publications (selected from 351 papers and 4 edited books)

  • Christian SL, Brune CW, Sudi J, Kumar RA, Liu S, Karamohamed S Badner JA, Matsui S, Conroy J, McQuaid D, Gergel J, Hatchwell E, Gilliam TC, Gershon ES, Nowak NJ, Dobyns WB, Cook Jr EH. Novel submicroscopic chromosomal abnormalities detected in autism spectrum disorder. Biol Psychiatry 2008; 63(12):1111-1117
  • Shi J, Badner JA, Gershon ES, Liu C. Allelic association of G72/G30 with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: a comprehensive meta-analysis. Schizophr Res 2008; 98(1-3):89-97
  • Zhang D, Cheng L, Qian Y, Alliey-Rodriguez N, Kelsoe JR, Greenwood T, Nievergelt C, Barrett TB, McKinney R, Schork N, Smith EN, Bloss C, Nurnberger J, Edenberg HJ, Foroud T, Sheftner W, Lawson WB, Nwulia EA, Hipolito M, Coryell W, Rice J, Byerley W, McMahon F, Schulze TG, Berrettini W, Potash JB, Belmonte PL, Zandi PP, McInnis MG, Zöllner S, Craig D, Szelinger S, Koller D, Christian SL, Liu C, Gershon ES. (2008) Singleton deletions throughout the genome increase risk of bipolar disorder. Mol Psychiatry. 2008 Dec 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Recent Honors & Awards

  • International Society for Psychiatric Genetics Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006
  • Anna-Monika Foundation Prize for Research in Depression 2005 and 1979
  • ISI Highly Cited Authors 2003

Current Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Affective Disorders, 1978-Present
  • Psychiatry Research, 1978-Present
  • Psychiatric Genetics, 1989-Present
  • Molecular Psychiatry 1994- Present

Other Activities

  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel