Allison Ashley-Koch, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-684-1805

Duke Center for Human Genetics
Genome Sciences Research Building 1
DUMC Box 3445
Durham, NC, 27710

Email: ashle021 AT chg DOT duhs DOT duke DOT edu

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Associate Professor

Center for Human Genetics

Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics, School of Medicine

DIBS Faculty

Research Description

Dr. Ashley-Koch is a genetic epidemiologist interested in determining the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. She uses linkage and association analysis, as well as mutation analysis to identify common and rare variants that are associated with conditions such as ADHD, autism, bipolar disease, Chiari malformations, essential tremor, neural tube defects, schizophrenia, and trichotillomania.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, 1998-2001

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1997-1998

Ph.D., Emory University, Genetics and Molecular Biology, 1997

Recent Publications

Markunas CA, Quinn KS, Collins AL, Garrett ME, Lachiewicz AM, Sommerd JL, Morrissey-Kane E, Kollins SH, Anastopoulos AD, Ashley-Koch AE. Genetic variants in SLC9A9 are associated with measures of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in families. Psychiatr Genet. 2009 Dec 18. [Epub ahead of print].

Kollins SH, Garrett ME, McClernon FJ, Lachiewicz AM, Morrissey-Kane E, FitzGerald D, Collins AL, Anastopoulos AD, Ashley-Koch AE. Effects of postnatal parental smoking on parent and teacher ratings of ADHD and oppositional symptoms. J Nerv Ment Dis. (2009) 197(6):442-449.

Fuemmeler BF, Agurs-Collins T, McClernon FJ, Kollins SH, Garrett ME, Ashley-Koch AE. Interactions between genotype and depressive symptoms on obesity. Behav Genet. (2009) 39(3):296-305.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Genetic basis of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Bipolar disorder