Welcome to the UNC Department of Genetics

Message From Our Chair

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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 Sep 30, 2014 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Pagano Room, LCCC
Wednesday Research Colloquium/Wu Oct 01, 2014 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
BCB Research in Progress Seminars Oct 02, 2014 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
BCB Colloquium/Kevin Weeks Oct 06, 2014 04:40 PM - 05:30 PM — 2030 Bondurant Hall
G&MB Tuesday Student Seminars Oct 07, 2014 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Pagano Room, LCCC
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Department Highlight

The Department of Genetics ranked 4th in the nation in its field for NIH research funding in 2013. 

Highlighted Faculty


William Valdar

Jeremy Purvis, PhD
Assistant Professor