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Genetics Seminar Series

Matthew Pecot

Assessing the Contribution of Molecular Diversity to Neural Circuit Formation

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2015 Genetics Retreat

Broad Institute, Cambridge MA
Genetics Seminar Series - Focused Seminars

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BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

Olaf Bodamer

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Genetics Seminar Series

Chromosome Instability and Synthetic Lethality in Yeast and Cancer

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Welcome to Genetics at Harvard

Reflecting the breadth of the field itself, the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School houses a faculty working on diverse problems, using a variety of approaches and model organisms, unified in their focus on the genome as an organizing principle for understanding biological phenomena. Genetics is not perceived simply as a subject, but rather as a way of viewing and approaching biological phenomena.

While the range of current efforts can best be appreciated by reading the research interests of individual faculty, the scope of the work conducted in the Department includes (but is by no means limited to) human genetics of both single gene disorders and complex traits, development of genomic technology, cancer biology, developmental biology, signal transduction, cell biological problems, stem cell biology, computational genetics, immunology, synthetic biology, epigenetics, evolutionary biology and plant biology.

The mission of our Department encompasses research and education while serving as a focal point for drawing together and integrating basic and clinical genetic efforts conducted across the University and its affiliated hospitals. The Department of Genetics is strongly committed to supporting its current community of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and to securing the best new scientists, setting its sight on new research opportunities in the future.

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Congratulations to Gary Ruvkun, Recipient of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize

Gary Ruvkun has been awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences “honors transformative advances toward understanding living systems.”

Meet the Faculty

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Animal genomes endow cells and circuits with the ability to form life-long memories.  How does a genome orchestrate this dynamic interaction of neurons with experience?  The genome responds to experience by unleashing bursts of new gene expression that rewire circuits to store long-term memories.  We are applying genetic, genomic, electrophysiological, and behavioral tools to understand this process.