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Message From Our Chair

Fernando Pardo Manuel-de-Villena
Fernando Pardo
UNC Department of Genetics

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.

Bryson Program

The UNC Department Genetics is proud to announce the formation of the Bryson Program for Judicial Science Education!

For more information, including our mission, goals, board members and training videos, please visit the new website here!


EDGEUNC Educational Pathways to Increase Diversity in GEnomics (EDGE) is an innovative 2-year summer program for undergraduate students who are interested in careers in genomics. EDGE especially welcomes applications from students who are underrepresented in the field of genomics.

Highlighted Faculty

Hyejung WonHyejung Won, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Hyejung Won was recruited to the Department of Genetics and the Neuroscience Center at UNC Chapel Hill in 2018.

Her up-and-coming research program integrates innovative genomic approaches with basic neurobiology to develop a systematic understanding of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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