Name Merlin G. Butler M.D., Ph.D.
Besides his responsibilities as a clinical geneticist, Dr. Butler actively participates in genetics research using cutting edge, state-of-the-art techniques and equipment. Dr. Butler and his research team concentrate on the following three main research areas: 1) the genetics of obesity including Prader-Willi syndrome (the most common genetic cause of morbid obesity); 2) the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Prader-Willi, Angelman and fragile X syndromes, cytogenetic disorders and autism; and 3) causation and natural history of genetic disorders. More recently, he has been involved with microarray gene expression analysis of pediatric heart disease. Dr. Butler has published extensively in the areas of phenotype-genotype correlations, clinical delineation and description of rare and common genetic syndromes, and principles of medical genetics and genetic mechanisms.
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Indiana University, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska, M.S.
University of Nebraska College of Medicine, M.D.
School of Medicine
Obesity, Prader-Willi syndrome, autism, clinical genetics, cytogenetics, gene expression