Core Lab: Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit

Director: Smoller, Jordan, MD, ScD


About the core lab:

This lab provides custom genotyping (SNP, other), qPCR for CNV detection/confirmation, DNA extraction, quantification, sample preparation, tracking, and storage, and related services to further the PNGU mission of identifying and characterizing the genetic basis of psychiatric, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders and to translate these discoveries to improvements in clinical care and public health.


  • DNA extraction, quantification, sample preparation, tracking, and storage
  • SNP genotyping
  • qPCR for CNV detection/confirmation
  • Genetic analysis services
  • Project management, setup, and design

Fee Schedule:

For pricing information, please contact:

Vered Levy, PhD
Tel: 617-724-9914

Group Members

  • Vered Levy, PhD, Genetics Unit Core Manager

    Vered Levy, PhD is the manager of PNGU Genetics Core Lab at the Center for Genomic Medicine affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her research experience includes the fields of embryology, stem cell biology and human genetics of cardiovascular disease.

    Phone: 617-724-4898

  • Jeffrey Toste, Genetics Unit Lab Technician

    Phone: 617-724-9914
    Email Jeffrey

  • Ashley Seiger, Msc

    Ashley Seiger joins the PNGU team as Program Manager after being a Project Manager for the Sleep Medicine Division at BWH and the Neurological Clinical Research Institute at MGH. Ashley recently completed her Masters in Research Administration from Emmanuel College, focusing her capstone/thesis on the NIH mandate for use of a single IRB for all multi-center clinical trials, using the Partners CIRB as a model of industry standard. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Alexander Zaitsev, PhD, MS, Application Developer

    Alexander Zaitsev is an Application Developer for the Smoller Group and the Autism Consortium. He got his BS in Biophysics at Moscow Institute for Engineering Physics, his PhD in Biology at Moscow State University and his MS in Computer Science at Purdue University in Indiana. His main interests are in Laboratory Information Management Systems, Processing Automation and Predictive Data Analytics. Alexander grew up in Moscow and is proud to have been an American since 2002. He enjoys traveling, museums, trade shows, and outdoor activities including commute bicycling, tennis and small boat sailing.


The Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) Core lab is located within the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital:

Richard B. Simches Research Center
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114


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