Anna Sunshine, MD, PhD

Anna Sunshine completed her medical school, graduate school and psychiatry training at the University of Washington. Her graduate training was completed in the Department of Genome Sciences where she used high-throughput sequencing approaches to study the biological effects of complex genetic changes in the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Connecting her background in genomics with psychiatry, Dr. Sunshine’s research now focuses on identifying genetic risk factors for schizophrenia and characterizing the biological effects of these risk alleles using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) systems. Dr. Sunshine engages individuals living with schizophrenia and their families in research to further our current understanding of schizophrenia biology and help lay groundwork for future treatment development.


Psychiatry Residency, University of Washington, 2020
MD, University of Washington, 2016
PhD, University of Washington, 2014

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

An evolutionary perspective on complex neuropsychiatric disease.
(2024 Jan 3)
Neuron 112(1): 7-24
McClellan JM, Zoghbi AW, Buxbaum JD, Cappi C, Crowley JJ, Flint J, Grice DE, Gulsuner S, Iyegbe C, Jain S, Kuo PH, Lattig MC, Passos-Bueno MR, Purushottam M, Stein DJ, Sunshine AB, Susser ES, Walsh CA, Wootton O, King MC

Practitioner Review: Psychosis in children and adolescents.
(2023 Jul)
J Child Psychol Psychiatry 64(7): 980-988
Sunshine A, McClellan J

Differential paralog divergence modulates genome evolution across yeast species.
(2017 Feb)
PLoS Genet 13(2): e1006585
Sanchez MR, Miller AW, Liachko I, Sunshine AB, Lynch B, Huang M, Alcantara E, DeSevo CG, Pai DA, Tucker CM, Hoang ML, Dunham MJ

High-Throughput Identification of Adaptive Mutations in Experimentally Evolved Yeast Populations.
(2016 Oct)
PLoS Genet 12(10): e1006339
Payen C, Sunshine AB, Ong GT, Pogachar JL, Zhao W, Dunham MJ

Aneuploidy shortens replicative lifespan in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
(2016 Apr)
Aging Cell 15(2): 317-24
Sunshine AB, Ong GT, Nickerson DP, Carr D, Murakami CJ, Wasko BM, Shemorry A, Merz AJ, Kaeberlein M, Dunham MJ

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