Welcome to the UNC Department of Genetics

Message From Our Chair

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The mission of the department is to provide basic and applied genetic/genomic research, education and training at the interface between biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, the social sciences, public health and medicine in order to have a profound effect on how medicine will be practiced in the future.

Our graduate programs train students to be creative, sophisticated research scientists prepared to pursue careers focused in genetics and genomics working in academic science, government, or commercial positions.   Students conduct their dissertation research using diverse experimental approaches - from classical genetics to the most modern molecular methods - to address a broad range of contemporary problems in biomedical science.

The Department also includes a clinical arm focused on medical genetics, which covers the broad spectrum of clinical genetic research from disease prevention to diagnosis and treatment. This specialty includes evaluation, mutation discovery, counseling and risk assessment through analysis and genetic testing. Locating the clinical group alongside basic scientists facilitates integration of cutting edge genetic research with patient care.

Upcoming Events
POSTPONED: Wednesday Research Colloquium/Mike Knowles May 04, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
G&MB Friday Seminar Series - Mustafa Khokha May 06, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Bioinformatics 1131
POSTPONED - Wednesday Research Colloquium/Talia Hatkevich May 11, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
G&MB Tuesday Student Seminars - Fall 2016 Aug 23, 2016 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Pagano Room, LCCC
G&MB Friday Seminar Series - Fall 2016 Aug 26, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Bioinformatics 1131
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Department Highlight

Karen Mohlke, Chuck Perou, Pat Sullivan, and Jenny Ting are listed among the most Highly Cited Researchers for 2015 by Thomson Reuters.

Highlighted Faculty


William Valdar

Jason Stein, PhD

Assistant Professor

Jason joined our faculty on January 1, 2016.