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 Research Colloquium/Quach & Shahir Dec 14, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
Wednesday Research Colloquium/Praveen Sethupathy Jan 18, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
BCB Colloquium/Corty and Maurizio Jan 23, 2017 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM — G030 Bondurant Hall
Upcoming events…
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