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Seth Dobin heading up Marshfield's Mammalian Genotyping Service

Marshfield, Wis. -- Research scientist Seth Dobrin, Ph.D., has been named the new head of the Center for Human Genetics' Mammalian Genotyping Service of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.

He plans to apply his experience in genetics and genomics research to problems of mental health and development of new genetic and genomics tools. Dobrin said he hopes to build on discoveries he made earlier in his career as well as discoveries at Marshfield Clinic.

In addition to building on the work of others at Marshfield Clinic, Dobrin brings extensive research experience of his own to the Center for Human Genetics. During his time as a post-doctoral fellow at TGen in Phoenix, Dobrin identified the first genetic marker for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). He also was involved in identifying the first gene associated with mental retardation and with seizures.

Dobrin has a special interest in neurology and neuropsychology research. He is studying bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The Mammalian Genotyping Service is under contract through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and performs genetic linkage studies for outside researchers. Using technology developed at MCRF, the service performs nearly 10 million analyses each year.
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A native of New York, Dobrin earned his bachelor's degree in microbiology and Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, both from Arizona State University in Tempe. He then spent eight years in the genetics research industry, working in Texas and Arizona.

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