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Who We Are

Our Team

The NIMH Repository and Genomics Resource (NRGR) is a collaborative venture between the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and several academic institutions. Rutgers University is the primary partner, with Drs. Jay Tischfield and Linda Brzustowicz serving as the Principal Investigators of the U24 cooperative agreement that funds the Repository. Dr. Tischfield oversees biosample activities while Dr. Brzustowicz manages the clinical data activities of the Repository. Several additional groups play critical roles in the Repository:

  • The Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR® Infinite Biologics), the world’s largest university-based biorepository, conducts the biosample processing, analysis, storage, and distribution. Dr. Tischfield serves as the CEO and Scientific Director of RUCDR.
  • The Rutgers Data Management team processes researcher-submitted clinical and genetic data, working to regularize and harmonize data to enhance their utility to subsequent investigators. The Data Management team is led by Dr. Brzustowicz.
  • The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at USC develops and manages our database and web systems, including the Data Explorer, the AutoQC system, and the Sample Ordering Portal. The ISI team is led by Dr. Yigal Arens.
  • The Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (RINCH) creates tools and workflows to curate and harmonize data from complex diagnostic instruments such as the DIGS. The RINCH team is led by Dr. Veronica Vieland.