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
G&MB Tuesday Student Seminars 10/25/16 Oct 25, 2016 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
Wednesday Research Colloquium/Talia Hatkevich Oct 26, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
G&MB Friday Seminar Series - Scott Hawley Oct 28, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Bioinformatics 1131
BCB Colloquium/Corley and Welch Oct 31, 2016 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM — G030 Bondurant Hall
G&MB Tuesday Student Seminars 11/1/16 Nov 01, 2016 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
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Department Highlight

Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Genetics as of July 1, taking over from Terry Magnuson, PhD, who will become the Vice Chancellor for Research at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Congratulations to both!

Highlighted Faculty

Jeremy Purvis, PhDJeremy Purvis, PhD
Assistant Professor 

Congratulations to Jeremy Purvis who was awarded an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award! read more