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.

Department News

  • Department of Genetics Publications for Nov. 18 – Dec. 1, 2018

    Department of Genetics faculty, postdocs, students and collaborators published eleven papers during November 18 – December 1, 2018. Enhancer deletion and allelic effects define a regulatory molecular mechanism at the VLDLR cholesterol GWAS locus. Davis JP, Vadlamudi S, Roman TS, Zeynalzadeh M, Iyengar AK, Mohlke KL. Hum Mol Genet. 2018 Nov 16. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddy385. [Epub … Continued

  • Jeremy Purvis UNC Genetics

    Jeremy Purvis, PhD Receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

    Jeremy Purvis, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics was awarded a five-year grant through the Faculty Early Career Development Program of the National Science Foundation.  The proposal is titled “Predicting cell fate from cell history:  Theory, experiment, and outreach.” The overarching hypothesis of the study is that, in addition to environmental cues, an individual cell’s fate … Continued

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    Department of Genetics Publications for Nov. 4-17, 2018

    Department of Genetics faculty, postdocs, students and collaborators published ten papers during Nov. 4-17, 2018.


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Highlighted Faculty

Daniel Schrider, PhD

Daniel 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. More…