Scott Vrieze

College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
Research Title
Nature and nurture in addiction

No Monument Location

Addictive behaviors are major sources of preventable death caused by genetic factors and environmental circumstance. Dr. Vrieze studies such factors in order to identify causal mechanisms in the development of addiction, with the ultimate goal of designing interventions based on this causal understanding. His laboratory uses cutting edge genomic tools and rigorous experimental design to discover genes associated with addiction, and characterize the biological and social mechanisms by which addictive drugs act.