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
Tuesday - GMB Student Defense: Diana Chong May 02, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM — G100 Bondurant Hall
Wednesday - Department of Genetics Research Colloquium: Susana Garcia Recio & Daniel Hollern May 03, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
Friday - GMB Student Defense: Mike Meers May 05, 2017 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM — G100 Bondurant Hall
Friday - GMB Student Defense: Becky Bigler May 12, 2017 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM — G100 Bondurant Hall
Wednesday - Department of Genetics Research Colloquium: Robin Armstrong May 17, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
Upcoming events…
Highlighted Faculty

Jenny Ting, PhDJenny Ting, PhD
Kenan Professor 

Congratulations to Jenny Ting,  who was awarded the 2017 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award! read more...

Highlighted Faculty


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

The Department of Genetics is pleased to welcome our new Assistant Professor, Dr. Hector L. Franco, PhD! read more...