What is the molecular genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders?

The primary focus of our research is to discover and characterize genetic changes including genomic deletions and duplications and single nucleotide mutations contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, intellectual disability, schizophrenia, epilepsy and congenital malformation.

The Girirajan laboratory is affiliated to the following:
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
  • Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders
  • Center for Medical Genomics
  • Center for Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Center for Systems Genomics
The Huck Life Sciences Building

Prospective Students/Collaborators:

Our lab combines experimental human genetics, functional genomics in model organisms, and computational genomics to understand the molecular etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders. We welcome applications from talented and committed individuals who are interested in studying human disease. Please send inquiries to sxg47 [at] psu.edu

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