Murray Brilliant, PhD

Clinical Adjunct Professor, Genetics

Murray Brilliant, PhD

PhD, University of Colorado
Faculty Core Co-Director, Clinical Translational Core

Contact Information

Waisman Center
1500 Highland Avenue
Room 653
Madison, WI 53705

Research Statement

Brilliant received his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984. He has held faculty positions at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine (1986-1989), The Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1989-1997) and the University of Arizona College of Medicine (1997-2009) where he was the Lindholm Professor of Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics. Brilliant has 25 years of experience in the molecular genetics of mice and humans. In particular, his efforts have led to the identification of three genes for albinism: Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome 1 and Oculocutaneous albinism types 2 and 4.

His current research interest include:

  • The relationship between albinism and leprosy
  • Development of treatments to improve vision in people with albinism
  • Early detection and prevention of Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Genetic Services disparities among Native Americans

Selected Publications