Shaun Purcell is a senior associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and its Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research. His work focuses on the development of statistical and computational tools for the design of genetic studies, the detection of gene variants influencing complex human traits and the dissection of these effects in the larger context of other genetic and environmental factors. Currently, his research is particularly concerned with whole exome sequencing and whole genome association studies of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and the development of tools for whole genome and exome genetic studies.
Purcell is also affiliated with the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit of the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and is a core member of the MGH Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit. He also serves as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and University of London, and completed his Ph.D. at King’s College London. After earning his Ph.D., Purcell spent two years as a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.