Core Lab: Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit

The Core Lab of the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital conducts provides custom genotyping and other genetic services. The lab is directed by Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD,


About the PNGU Core Lab

This lab is part of the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Core Lab provides a variety of genetic services, including custom genotyping (including SNP), 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
Phone: 617-724-9914

Group Members

  • Vered Levy, PhD, Genetics Unit Core Manager

    Vered Levy, PhD received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Mass General. Her research experience includes the fields of embryology, stem cell biology and the human genetics of cardiovascular disease.

    Phone: 617-724-4898  Email:

  • Jeffrey Toste, Genetics Unit Lab Technician

    Phone: 617-724-9914  Email:

  • 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

Lab manager: Vered Levy - 617-724-4898 or


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