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 2/9/16 Feb 09, 2016 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
Wednesday Research Colloquium/Dominic Ciavatta Feb 10, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
G&MB Friday Seminar Series - Bruce Goode Feb 12, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Bioinformatics 1131
Wednesday Research Colloquium/Mengjie Chen Feb 17, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Pagano Conference Room, LCCC
BCB Colloquium/Laura Miller Feb 18, 2016 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM — 6004 Marsico Hall
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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

Jason Stein, PhD

Assistant Professor

Jason will join our faculty on January 1, 2016.