Does genetic compatibility play a role in our mate choice?

Karen Wu

This project ended on:
1 November 2013

Might genetics explain the "spark" we experience with some people, but not others? To answer this question, this study utilizes a speed-dating design, in which participants' mate choices have real-life consequences.


Budget Overview

This project requires a total of about $10,000. I have been awarded grants from the Society for Research on Adolescence and Psi Chi International Honor Society, but I need additional funding to reach my target sample size. I am thus requesting $3,000 in funds for the genotyping of 100 participants at $30/sample.

Meet the Researcher


I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. My research largely focuses on the dynamics of intimate relationships, and has more recently expanded to human mate selection. I have been working on this project since January 2012 under the guidance of Drs. Chuansheng Chen, Ellen Greenberger, and Robert Moyzis at the University of California, Irvine.


A special thanks to my advisors on this project, Drs. Chuansheng Chen, Ellen Greenberger, and Robert Moyzis; the "Chenberger" lab; and my undergraduate research assistants for their hard work on this project: Jonathan B. Lim, Stephanie Nguyen, Blaise Lallathin, Ronica Senores, Justin Huft, Gabriel Corpus, Melody Lim, Jennifer Lai, Paul Phandl, Yvonne Vo, Marissa Tom

Thank you as well to all those who donated money or participated as speed-daters! Your contributions are much appreciated.

Project Backers

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