This is an individual National Research Service Award for post-doctoral research training, which provides support for promising Fellowship Applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields. The heritability of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders is high, but contributing genetic risk factors remain uncertain. The true incidence of genomic rearrangements in these patient groups could be substantially underestimated due to technological limitations. Novel methods for rapid screening, including advanced sequencing techniques, are therefore needed. These studies could facilitate new diagnostic classifications that account for individual genomic events, explain a meaningful proportion of disease variance that is currently unknown, and help elucidate causative pathways.