School of Medicine

Department of Genetics


Karen Weissbecker, PhD

Assistant Professor
Tulane University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Neurology
1440 Canal Street (TB 53)
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 587-4274


Dr. Karen Weissbecker is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Genetics and Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC). She received her PhD in Human Genetics in 1988 from the Medical College of Virginia. From 1988 - 1990 she was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Medical Genetics Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. She accepted a second NIH postdoctoral fellowship in 1990 in the Department of Biometry and Genetics at LSUHSC.

She became an Instructor in the department in 1992 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1994. A year later she moved her research to Tulane School Health Science Center  but remains adjunct at LSUHSC and is highly committed to the Genetics Department. She is the mother of two sons.

Dr. Weissbecker's research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of psychiatric and neurological disorders. She is the primary investigator of two projects investigating the genetics of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and its relationship to other psychiatric disorders. She has also been involved in research identifying genes related to hypertension.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a Diplomate, certified in Medical Genetics. Dr. Weissbecker has been the Co-Director of the Children's Hospital Neurofibromatosis Clinic since 1994.

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