Welcome to the UNC Department of Genetics

Message From Our Chair

Fernando Pardo Manuel-de-Villena

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
Wednesday - CANCELLED - Department of Genetics Research Colloquium: Adam Gracz Oct 18, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
Wednesday - 2017 Fall Festival: Genetics, BCB, & GMB Oct 18, 2017 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM — Genetic Medicine Building Courtyard
Friday - GMB Fall Seminar Series: No Talk Oct 20, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — 1131 Bioinformatics Building
Monday - GMB Student Defense: Ann Emery Oct 23, 2017 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM — 6004 Marsico Hall
Monday - BCB Colloquium: Greg Keele Oct 23, 2017 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM — G030 Bondurant Hall
Upcoming events…

Genetics Adds New Online Form to Help Streamline the Grant Submission Process

A new online form is the department’s new first step for initiating the grant submission process.   Starting immediately, all PIs submitting new proposals or renewing grants should use this form.  The link will be located in the footer of every page for easy access and will look like this button. Check it out!

Initiate Grant Submission Process 

Highlighted Faculty


Hector L. Franco, PhDHector L. Franco, PhD
Assistant Professor

Congratulations to Hector L. Franco, who has been named a UNC Simmons Scholar! read more...