Arvis Sulovari

Second Year Graduate Student


I am working in the laboratory of human genetics and genomics, headed by Dr. Dawei Li. My work involves the discovery and functional characterization of complex disease-gene associations, with a focus on psychiatric disorders. In my (limited) spare time I like to visit new places in Vermont, be outdoors, or work in a café downtown. I have found the CMB community to be an academically nurturing environment comprised of bright, hard-working and supportive individuals.

Research Description

Research in our laboratory aims to understand the genetic basis of genomic variations and their roles in the etiologies of complex human diseases, particularly mental disorders and brain diseases (e.g. substance use disorders), using the latest high-throughput genomic platforms (e.g. microarrays and next-generation sequencing) and advanced computational tools, followed by functional validations of identified variants. Our studies will provide better understanding of the disease mechanisms towards novel development of early diagnosis, disease prediction, and personalized treatment.

Selected Publications

Sulovari, A., Li, D. GACT: a Genome build and Allele definition Conversion Tool for SNP imputation and meta-analysis in genetic association studies BMC genomics 15.1 (2014): 610
Link to GACT

Li, D., Sulovari, A., Cheng, C., Zhao, H., Kranzler, H.R.,Gelernter, J. Association of gamma-aminobutyric acid A receptor alpha2 gene (GABRA2) with alcohol use disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology Nov 2013; 39: 907-918

Sulovari, A. , Kiralis, J., Moore, J.H., Optimal use of biological expert knowledge from literature mining in ant colony optimization for analysis of epistasis in human disease. Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and Data Mining in Bioinformatics 2013; LNCS 7833:129-140

Moore, J.H., Hill, D., Sulovari, A., Kidd, L. Genetic analysis of prostate cancer using computational evolution, Pareto-optimization and post-processing Genetic Programming Theory and Practice X 2013; 87-101

All Sulovari publications

Selected Awards

Contact Info


Office: 006 Hills

Lab: 006 Hills

Lab Homepage


   Dawei Li, Ph.D.

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