Dr. John I. Nurnberger Jr. is the Director of the Institute of Psychiatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry for Research and he has adjunct appointments in Medical and Molecular Genetics and Medical Neuroscience. He enjoys a combination of research, teaching, clinical service, and administration. His main area of interest is psychiatric genetics, a field that studies genetic effects on the brain and on behavior. His research group studies bipolar affective disorder, alcohol dependence, and autism in conjunction with other national and international investigators. He is particularly interested in identifying risk and protective factors for psychiatric illness in adolescents.