GSU professor awarded sociogenomics grant

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say a professor has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to advance the field of sociogenomics.

Sociogenomics is a branch of biology aimed at pinpointing genes that influence social behavior, and learning about how those genes impact the brain's neural circuits.

GSU officials announced Tuesday that the NSF awarded the grant of more than $499,000 to Dr. Walter Wilczynski, who is a professor of neuroscience and is director of Georgia State's Neuroscience Institute.

Wilczynski says the study of sociogenomics can help provide insight on how genetics impact behaviors like social bonding, aggression and cooperation.

He says understanding how social behavior is controlled at the molecular level could help researchers better understand neurological disorders, like autism and schizophrenia.

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