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Assistant Professor, Epigenetics

Assist/Assoc. Professor, Molecular Biology

Upcoming Events

Genetics Seminar Series

Decoding Human Genome Function

Dissertation Seminar

Noah David Taylor

Engineering of Allosteric Transcription Factors and Their Use for Metabolic Pathway Evolution

NRB 1031
BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

To Be Announced


2015 Epigenetics Symposium

Merck Research Labs, 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston MA
Dissertation Seminar

Derek Drake

REST and the Regulation of Stress Resistance, Brain Aging, and Alzheimer's Disease

NRB 1031

Plant Development from Embryo to Adult

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 Stephen Elledge, Co-Recipient of the 2015 Albert Lasker Award

Stephen J. Elledge and Evelyn M. Witkin are co-recipients of the 2015 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. The Lasker Award recognizes “the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease.”

Meet the Faculty

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We are interested in how the musculo-skeletal axis of vertebrates develops. We study the patterning and differentiation of the precursors of muscles and vertebrae using genomic approaches combined with developmental biology. While historically this work has been done in vivo using mouse and chick embryos, we are now developing protocols to model these processes in embryonic and reprogrammed stem cells. We are also studying human diseases of the musculoskeletal system using in vitro models developed from...