Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit

The mission of PNGU is to identify and characterize the genetic basis of psychiatric, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders and to translate these discoveries to improvements in clinical care and public health.


NAME Nadia Solovieff, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit
Center for Human Genetic Research Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital
Richard B. Simches Research Center
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-643-0992


Nadia Solovieff is a postdoctoral fellow in the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (mentor: Jordan Smoller) and the Analytic and Translational Unit (mentor: Shaun Purcell) at MGH. She also has an appointment in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute. Nadia is a graduate of Boston University and has a PhD in Biostatistics.

Her research focuses on developing novel statistical methods for studying the genetic determinants of complex diseases. She is currently developing approaches to detect de novo and recent rare mutations in exome-sequencing projects of unrelated subjects and is applying the approach to study rare variation in a large study of schizophrenic patients. As part of the Army STARRS project, she also studies the genetics underlying mental health outcomes, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, in tens of thousands of military personnel. The results of the study will be used to build risk prediction models to identify groups of military personnel at high risk for developing psychiatric disorders after deployment. Additional research interests include population stratification, admixture and epistasis.


See a list of Dr. Solovieff's publications.