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 Seminars: Tegowski & Smith Aug 21, 2018 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
Friday - GMB Spring Seminar Series: Maurice Swanson Aug 24, 2018 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — 1131 Bioinformatics Building
BCB Colloquium - New Student Structured Interaction Aug 27, 2018 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM — G030 Bondurant Hall
BCB Colloquium – Katie Hoadley, BCB Faculty Presentation Sep 10, 2018 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM — G030 Bondurant
Wednesday - Department of Genetics Research Colloquium: Hyejung Won Sep 12, 2018 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Room, LCCC
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Highlighted Faculty


Daniel Schrider, PhDDaniel Schrider, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Dan Schrider is expanding his laboratory to study the demographic forces shaping human genetic variation and using deep neural networks to elucidate the genealogical information among individuals and species. read more...