Laura Bierut, MD

Laura Bierut, MD

Primary Academic Title

Alumni Endowed Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

Genetic epidemiology of complex common diseases. My colleagues and I are developing and refining methods for the detection of susceptibility and protective genes. We are especially interested in linkage and association studies of quantitative phenotypes and nicotine dependence.


  • 1987: MD, Washington University, St. Louis


  • 1987 - 1991: Resident, psychiatry, Washington University, St. Louis
  • 1994 - 1996: Postdoctoral fellow and instructor, Washington University

Selected Research Publications

Investigating the Relationship Between Smoking Behavior and Global Brain Volume.
  • Chang Y, Thornton V, Chaloemtoem A, [...] Bierut LJ
  • Biol Psychiatry Glob Open Sci 2024
Smoking Cessation, Version 3.2022, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology.
  • Shields PG, Bierut L, Arenberg D, [...] Darlow S
  • J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2023
Leveraging Implementation Science in the Treatment of Tobacco Use Disorder.
  • Ramsey AT, Cavazos-Rehg PA, Chen LS, Bierut LJ
  • Mo Med 2023
Genetic diversity fuels gene discovery for tobacco and alcohol use.
  • Saunders GRB, Wang X, Chen F, [...] Bierut LJ, [...] Vrieze S
  • Nature 2022
Increased Reach and Effectiveness With a Low-Burden Point-of-Care Tobacco Treatment Program in Cancer Clinics.
  • Ramsey AT, Baker TB, Stoneking F, [...] Bierut LJ, Chen LS
  • J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2022
Tobacco and nicotine use.
  • Le Foll B, Piper ME, Fowler CD, [...] Bierut L, [...] Hall WD
  • Nat Rev Dis Primers 2022

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