We offer two types of advising, and we urge you to reach out to both. If they cannot answer your question(s), they can refer you to someone who can.

  1.  Academic Advising. For general academic questions (i.e., questions about the major, declaration process, scheduling questions, or registration issues), we offer drop-in virtual academic advising for students over zoom with Kristen Goodrich, Academic Advisor, for Genetics/MBB/CBN (no appointment necessary).  Students will meet privately with Kristen in a breakout room.  You can also schedule an appointment through her bookings link (see link below).
  2. General Advising. For general advising questions (e.g., graduate school preparation, research interests and timing, knowledge of faculty labs/research projects, and integrating academic and career plans), each student is assigned a faculty advisor. Please see information below under Assigned Faculty Advisors to find your specific assigned Genetics Advisor based on your class year. 


Advising Schedule for the Spring 2024 Semester with
Kristen Goodrich, Academic Advisor, for Genetics/CBN/MBB
(please note hours are subject to change):

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays (Drop-in Virtual Advising)

Monday - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - virtual   Click Here for Virtual Zoom Advising Link 

Tuesday - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm - virtual   Click Here for Virtual Zoom Advising Link 

Wednesday - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - virtual   Click Here for Virtual Zoom Advising Link  

*** Thursday - 4:00 to 6:00 pm (evening virtual) please make appointments through Bookings link 

Friday - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - virtual   Click Here for Virtual Zoom Advising Link 

***Note that appointments through bookings are limited, please come to virtual drop-in advising hours listed above if you need an appointment sooner. Virtual drop-in appointments are held in a private breakout room on zoom. 

If you need to reach us by email, please contact Kristen Goodrich or Dr. Gary Heiman at 

Office Location:
Nelson Labs-Rm A110A 


Assigned Faculty Advisors

Each class has assigned advisors. The role of the advisor is to monitor the progress of Genetics majors towards satisfying the Bachelor degree requirements. The assigned advisor will advise students on a course of study for the duration of the student's undergraduate career.  Declared genetics majors can also access their grades and check whether they are taking the required courses towards their major by using Degree Navigator.

Note: Advisors are assigned by class and the student's last name.

Coordinator of Advisors:

Dr. Gary Heiman
(848) 445-9576
Nelson B412


Last Name of Student


Contact Information




A to F Dr. Jinchuan Xing Email:
Phone: 848-445-9663
Office: LSB 325
G to L Dr. Kim McKim Email:  
Phone: 848-445-6852
Office: Waksman 206
M to Q Dr. Srujana Yadavalli Email:  
Phone: 848-445-3425
Office: Waksman 133
R to Z Dr. Gleb Shumyatsky Email:  
Phone: 848-445-1223
Office: LSB 322



A to F  Dr. Chris Rongo

Phone: 848-445-0955
Office: Waksman 124

G to L Dr. Chris Ellison Email: 
Phone: 848-445-2812
Office: Nelson B420
M to Q Dr. Michael Verzi Email:
Phone: 848-445-9578
Office: LSB 127
R to Z Dr. Tara Matise


Phone: 848-445-3125

Office: Nelson B410




A to F Dr. Lei Yu Email:
Phone: (848) 445-0794
Office: LSB 126
G to L Dr. Andrew Singson Email:  
Phone: 848-445-2812
Office: Waksman 123A
M to Q Dr. Bryce Nickels Email:
Phone: 848-445-6852
Office: Waksman 335
R to Z Dr. David Axelrod Email: 
Phone: 848-445-2011
Office: Nelson B341

2027 &

Transfer Students

ALL Dr. Gary Heiman Email :  
Phone : 848-445-9576
Office : Nelson B412
Genetic Counseling ALL Dr. Gary Heiman Email:
Phone: 848-445-9576
Office: Nelson Biological Laboratory Bldg. B412

Computational Genetics

ALL Dr. Derek Gordon Email:  
Phone: 848-445-3386
Office: Nelson B414