Our Faculty

The research interests of the genetics faculty span a wide variety of important and cutting-edge areas of genetics and genomics and include cancer, cellular, computational, developmental, evolutionary, expression regulation, molecular, neuropsychiatric, population, reproductive, statistical, epigenetics, and neurogenetics. Research is being conducted in humans, mice, zebrafish, fruit flies, nematodes, yeast, and bacteria. We also have faculty working in computational and statistical genetics and bioinformatics. For a complete faculty listing and detailed research descriptions, see our faculty list

Members of the faculty have received competitive research grants from several institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as the State of New Jersey and numerous private foundations such as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks, the March of Dimes, and many others.

Media Title
Position Email Research Focus
David Axelrod Professor daxelrod@rutgers.edu Cell and Molecular Oncology. Breast Cancer. Colon Cancer
Marco Azaro Assistant Research Professor azaro@rutgers.edu
Maureen Barr Distinguished Professor mmbarr@rutgers.edu Modeling human genetic diseases in C. elegans
Christina Bergey Assistant Professor christina.bergey@rutgers.com Evolutionary genomics of humans, non-human primates, and disease vectors
Linda Brzustowicz Distinguished Professor lbrz@rutgers.edu Medical and human genetics: the genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders
Chris Ellison Associate Professor cee53@rutgers.edu Evolutionary genomics and genome organization in Drosophila
Derek Gordon Associate Professor derekgo@rutgers.edu Statistical genetics
Gary A. Heiman Professor- Vice- Chair & Undergraduate Director heiman@rutgers.edu Genetic epidemiology of neuropsychiatric disorders
Devanshi Jain Assistant Professor dj420@rutgers.edu Gametogenesis and Genome Integrity
Tara Matise Distinguished Professor-Chair, Department of Genetics matise@rutgers.edu Computational Human Genetics, genetics coordinating center
Kim McKim Professor mckim@rutgers.edu Molecular Genetics of Meiotic Recombination in Drosophila Melanogaster
Tetsuya Nakamura Assistant Professor tn241@rutgers.edu Revealing the genetic mechanisms of the fish diversity and their contribution to the fish-to-tetrapod transition
Bryce Nickels Professor bnickels@rutgers.edu Regulation of gene expression in bacteria
Jessica Rispoli Associate Teaching Professor, Director of the Genetic Counseling Master's Program jrj88@rutgers.edu Genetic Counseling
Christopher Rongo Professor crongo@rutgers.edu Molecular genetics of synapse formation and plasticity in C. elegans
Amrik Sahota Research Professor asahota@rutgers.edu Human Molecular Genetics; Molecular Diagnostics
Karen Schindler Professor ks804@rutgers.edu Understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead to aneuploidy in female gametes
Christine Seymour Assistant Program Director seymoucp@rutgers.edu Genetic Counseling Master's Program
Premal Shah Assistant Professor prs114@rutgers.edu Evolution of coding sequences and regulation of protein synthesis
Gleb Shumyatsky Professor gleb@rutgers.edu Molecular and cellular mechanisms of memory as well as social and maternal behavior
Andrew Singson Professor singson@rutgers.edu Reproductive biology and cell-cell interactions in C. elegans
Jay Tischfield Distinguished Professor, Department of Genetics Executive Director, HGINJ jaytisch@rutgers.edu Medical and human genetics: the genetics of somatic cells, mouse models for human diseases and genes for complex human genetic disorders
Michael Verzi Professor mv347@rutgers.edu Transcriptional Regulatory Mechanisms in Intestinal Disease
Juan Wang Assistant Research Professor juwang07@rutgers.edu
Jinchuan Xing Professor jinchuan.xing@rutgers.edu Mobile Elements, Human Genomic Variation, Evolutionary Genetics, Population Genetics
Samhita Yadavalli Assistant Professor sy543@rutgers.edu Bacterial signaling pathways and regulation of gene expression.
Lei Yu Distinguished Professor leiyu8@rutgers.edu Genetics of compulsive behaviors (such as alcoholism and drug addiction) and neuro-sensory disorders (such as neuropathic pain)
Michael E. Zwick Senior Vice President for Research and Professor mz560@oq.rutgers.edu