Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit Core Lab

Director: Smoller, Jordan, M.D., Sc.D.


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.

The 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


  • 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:

Jonathan Chaponis
Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit
Center for Human Genetic Research
Massachusetts General Hospital
185 Cambridge St.; Room 6312
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-724-9914

Group Members

Laboratory Research Team


Jon ChaponisJonathan Chaponis, Research Lab Technician

Jonathan Chaponis is a research lab technician for the Psychiatric Genetics and Neurodevelopmental Unit. Jon graduated with a BA in Neuroscience from Hamilton College, and his research interests include ADHD. His hometown is Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and his hobbies include music production, snowboarding, and taekwondo.





Amanda GalenkampAmanda Galenkamp, Research Lab Technician

Amanda Galenkamp is a research lab technician for the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit. Amanda graduated with a BS in Biology and Biotechnology from Endicott College. Her research interests include the genetics of anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders. Amanda’s hometown is Middlebury, Vt. In her free time she enjoys skiing, horseback riding, and sailing.





Alex ZaitsevAlexander 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 be an American since 2002. He enjoys traveling, museums, trade shows, and outdoor activities including commute bicycling, tennis, and small boat sailing.

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