Peristera Paschou, PhD, DABMG

Peristera Paschou, PhD, DABMG

Past Chair





Genetics of Complex Disorders, Psychiatric Genetics, Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Disorders, Neuroimaging Genetics, Human Population Genetics, Population Genetic Structure


Dr. Paschou is a Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University and Associate Dean at the Purdue College of Science . She also serves on the leadership team of the Purdue Institute of Integrative Neuroscience . In 2019 she was named Showalter Faculty Scholar in recognition of her achievements in research excellence. Dr Paschou works at the intersection of Data Science and genomics research. She studies human genetic variation around the world aiming to understand the cause of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders as well as the factors that have shaped human population structure. Dr Paschou obtained her PhD from the University of Athens in Greece. During her graduate studies she also trained at the University of Oxford Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. She did her post-doctoral studies at Yale University where she also trained in Clinical Molecular Genetics, receiving certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics. She has held visiting positions at UCSF, UCLA and the National Institutes of Health. Dr Paschou has established and led multiple international collaborative consortia aiming to identify the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disease through the analysis of large-scale datasets. She led the EU-funded European network for the Study of Tourette Syndrome with participation of 200 investigators from 23 countries. She has served as Chair of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome , and coordinated TS-EUROTRAIN , a Marie Curie Initial Training Network for Tourette Syndrome. She is currently Co-Chair of the ENIGMA-Tourette Syndrome Working Group , bringing together clinicians, geneticists, neuroimaging experts and data scientists from around the world in order to understand brain structure and function in neuropsychiatric disease. She is currently a PI on an international collaborative NINDS project aiming to analyze more than 12,000 patients with Tourette Syndrome in order to shed light into the genetic architecture of this disorder.