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Erika Gedvilaite

Senior Research Technician

Erika Gedvilaite is the Senior Research Technician in the Tsui Lab. She is working on optimization methods for extraction and sequencing of various cfDNA samples and development of assays to be used in clinical setting. She is particularly interested in the development and the genetics of cancer and the ability to track cancer diagnosis and progression by using multitude of cancer biomarkers. She has previous experience working in neurological genetics and disease gene prediction from Rutgers and Penn State universities where she studied Bipolar 1, Lysosome Storage Disorders, Tourette’s and Autism.


Wang, N., Y. Zhang, E. Gedvilaite, J. Loh, T. Lin, X. Liu, C. Liu, D. Kumar, R. Donnelly, K. Raymond, E. H. Schuchman, D. E. Sleat, P. Lobel, and J. Xing (2017) Using whole-exome sequencing to investigate the genetic bases for lysosomal storage diseases of unknown etiology. Human Mutation 38: 1491–1499

Willsey, A. J., T. V. Fernandez, D. Yu, R. A. King, A. Dietrich, J. Xing, S. J. Sanders, J. D. Mandell, A. Y. Huang, P. Richer, L. Smith, S. Dong, K. E. Samocha, Tourette International Collaborative Genetics (TIC Genetics) (including E. Gedvilaite), Tourette Syndrome Association International Consortium for Genetics (TSAICG), B. M. Neale, G. Coppola, C. A. Mathews, J. A. Tischfield, J. M. Scharf, M. W. State, and G. A. Heiman (2017) De novo coding variants are strongly associated with Tourette Disorder. Neuron 94: 486–499 DOI:

Rustagi, N., A. Zhou, W. S. Watkins, E. Gedvilaite, S. Wang, N. Ramesh, D. Muzny, R. A. Gibbs, L. B. Jorde, F. Yu, and J. Xing (2017) Extremely low-coverage whole genome sequencing in South Asians captures population genomics information. BMC Genomics 18:396

Sleat, D. E., Gedvilaite, E., Zhang, Y., Lobel, P., & Xing, J. (2016). Analysis of large-scale whole exome sequencing data to determine the prevalence of genetically-distinct forms of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. Gene, 593(2), 284-291.

Ross J., E. Gedvilaite, J. A. Badner, C. Erdman, S. Barondes, L. Baird, N. Matsunami, M. Leppert, J. Xing, and W. Byerley(2016) A Rare Variant in CACNA1D segregates with 7 Bipolar I cases in a large pedigree. Molecular Neuropsychiatry 2:145-150