Pei-An (Betty) Shih, MPM, PhD
|Title(s)||Associate Professor, Psychiatry|
Pei-an (Betty) Shih, PhD is a Genetic Epidemiologist specializing in the molecular genetic studies of complex traits. She is associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and a faculty member of the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Shih serves as Program Co-Director and Director of Didactic Training for the UCSD Research Fellowship in Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience Program (T32). She is also a faculty mediator at UCSD. Dr. Shih received a Master of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD degree in Genetic Epidemiology from University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Shih is the recipient of a Rheumatology Research Foundation Preceptorship Award, National Kidney Foundation Fellowship Award, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, National Institute of Health (NIDDK) Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Grants (T32 and R01). Dr. Shih’s research interests are psychiatric genetics, pharmacogenetics, the interplay of genes and environment in the causation and progression of mental illness, and the combined use of clinical assessment and biomarkers to personalize interventions and treatments. The overarching theme of Dr. Shih’s research is the application of a translational "OMICS" research strategy to better understand the metabolic disturbances underlying these disorders, and to identify molecular targets for treatment development. Support for her research is provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH Common Fund, National Institute of Mental Health, and various nonprofit foundations.