Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Division of Life Sciences

Undergraduate Research

Research in Genetics

Undergraduate Genetics Majors interested in my areas of research are welcome to contact me about opportunities to register for Research in Genetics in my laboratory.  At this time we do not have space to offer research experiences for non-majors.  Please also note that we do not accept students for summer-only experiences. 

New Policy: Due to the increased demand for Research in Genetics, students will be accepted into the lab for credit for two semesters at a time.  Students with excellent performance, including those planning to complete an Honors Thesis, will be allowed to return the following year. 

Students interested in research can see a further description of research in my laboratory here: Undergraduate Research Description.

After reading the description, interested students should download and complete this application for research and email it to me for consideration.

My laboratory currently has limited space available for Fall 2016 for students wishing to register for Research in Genetics.  We also have space for students interested in obtaining an informal experience with our group.



  • Students interested in wet lab work should send their application materials to Dr. Brzustowicz
  • Students interested in computational work should send their application materials to Dr. Marco Azaro (
  • Students interested in phenotypic analysis projects should send their application materials to Dr. Judy Flax (


Honors in Genetics

We welcome students interested in conducting Honors Research.  Some prior projects:

Karen Law '14: Linking Genotypes to Autism Phenotypes for the New Jersey Language and Autism Genetics Study

Sean Ryan '14: Disruption of miRNA Profiles Due to Haploinsufficiency of the DGCR8 Gene May Result in Elevated Rate of Schizophrenia

Ariane Seto '13: Fine Mapping and Association Analysis of Candidate Genes for Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Sample Ascertained for Language Impairment

Nicole Reich '12: Identifying Functional Variants Involved in Schizophrenia Risk

Jennifer Przybylski '12: A Myriad of Questions: Do Gene Patents Help or Hinder Genetic Research?

Heidi Chen '11: Genes Associated with Schizophrenia Susceptibility in Individuals with 22qDS