John I. Nurnberger

John I. Nurnberger, MD, PhD

Distinguished Professor


Dr. John I. Nurnberger Jr. has been working in the genetics of psychiatric disorders for several decades. He led the NIMH Genetics Initiative Bipolar Group from 1989-2006 and continues as the leader of the Indiana Site. His group has been active in the Bipolar Genome Study Consortium and in the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, where he serves as a member of the Cross-Disorder Group and the Bipolar Disorder Working Group. He has been a member of the Collaborative Study of the Genetics of Alcoholism since its inception in 1989. He has also been a member of the Committee of Senior Investigators of the Autism Genome Project since 2007. He was a co-founder of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. His work has been continuously funded by both NIMH and NIAAA since 1989. He is founding editor of the international journal Psychiatric Genetics. He group studies primarily bipolar affective disorder, alcohol dependence, and autism. He is involved in multicenter collaborative efforts to identify single genes and trace their effect on brain function and on vulnerability to psychiatric illness over the lifespan.

Dr. Nurnberger enjoys teaching residents and medical students and mentoring  junior investigators in projects related to psychiatric disorders, genetics, and neuroscience. In the last few years he has been Chair of the Residency Education Committee for the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.

Aside from work, Dr. Nurnberger enjoys tennis, bicycling, snowshoeing, photography and travel. 



(317) 274-8382 

Indianapolis, IN


Titles & Appointments

  • Director, Institute of Psychiatric Research
  • Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry
  • Joyce & Iver Small Professor of Psychiatry
  • Professor of Neurobiology
  • Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics