HMS Epigenetics Initiative

Upcoming Events


Origin of Cellular Life

MGH Ether Dome, Bullfinch Building, 4th Floor
Special Seminar

Conquering Diabetes: From Flies to Humans

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

April Craft

To Be Announced

Genetics Seminar Series

Neural Reprogramming of Germline Cells and Trans-Generational Memory in Drosophila

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

To Be Announced

Glucose Repression

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.

In the News

Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Congratulations to Jeannie Lee, Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Jeannie T. Lee has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy of Sciences is a private, non-profit organization “charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.” Researchers are elected to the academy by their peers in recognition of their “outstanding contributions to research.”

Meet the Faculty

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We are interested in the basis of cellular architecture – that is, how a cell gets its shape. For example, how does a neuron know how long its dendrites need to be to reach their targets? How do cells of diverse types coordinate their shapes in order to assemble an organ? We take advantage of the highly stereotyped development of the nematode C. elegans to identify the genetic programs that specify the shape of a cell and the contacts it makes with its neighbors.