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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
CPZN-6300
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

Services:

  • 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:


Supriya Gupta
gupta@pngu.mgh.harvard.edu
Lab Director
Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit
Center for Human Genetic Research
Massachusetts General Hospital
185 Cambridge St.; Room 6312
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-643-2904


Laboratory Research Team



Felecia CerratoFelecia Cerrato, Lab Project Manager
Felecia Cerrato is the lab project manager for the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit. She received her BA in biology from Boston University and her MPH in public health genetics from the University of Washington. Her research interests include the genetics of complex diseases, epidemiologic methods, pharmacogenetics, and other clinical applications of genetics. She grew up in Stoneham, MA, and in her free time enjoys traveling, skiing, and playing tennis.

 

 

 


Brian GallowayBrian Galloway, Research Technologist
Brian Galloway is a lab equipment manager for the Center for Human Genetic Research. Brian graduated from UMass Lowell with a BS in biotech (molecular bio/recombinant DNA). His research interests include vaccines, recombinant DNA based therapies, elucidation of cellular mechanics, product related R&D, and teaching. Brian also enjoys astronomy, history, SCUBA, skiing, backpacking/outdoors (all seasons), museums, scotch and BBQ.

 

 

 


Sarah AndrusSarah Andrus, Research Lab Technician

Sarah Andrus is a research lab technician for the Psychiatric Genetics and Neurodevelopmental Unit. Sarah graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in french and biology. Her research interests include anxiety and neurodegenerative diseases. Sarah's hometown is Norwich, Vermont. In her free time, Sarah enjoys singing, skiing, and hiking.

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 


Sarah WeatherallSarah Weatherall, Research Lab Technician

Sarah Weatherall is a research lab technician for the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit. She graduated with a BA from Hamilton College with a biology major and a minor in Hispanic studies. Her research interests include the genetics of anxiety and mood disorders. Sarah’s hometown is Wellesley, Massachusetts, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and yoga.

 

 

 


Aaron WolfAaron Wolf, Research Lab Technician

Aaron Wolf is a research lab technician for the Psychiatric Genetics and Neurodevelopmental Unit. Aaron graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in anthropology and biology. His research interests include genetics related to social behaviors and language ability. Aaron's hometown is Arlington, Massachusetts, and he enjoys bicycling, cooking, and farming.

 

 

 


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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