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Genetics Seminar Series

RNA-Programmed Epigenetic Inheritance and Genome Rearrangement in the Ciliate Oxytricha

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

To Be Announced

Genetics Seminar Series - Focused Seminars

Sex and Disease: Do Males and Femaies Read Their Genomes Differently

Genetics Seminar Series

Dissecting the embryo with single-cell RNA-Seq

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

To Be Announced

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.

In the News

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Congratulations to Clifford Tabin, Recipient of the 2013-2014 William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

Meet the Faculty

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In erythrocytes, Protein 4.1R is essential for membrane integrity. Deficiencies cause congenital hemolytic anemia. We have shown that there are many isoforms of P4.1R in other tissues. These participate in the mitotic apparatus, costameres, tight junctions, and adherens junctions. We are studying the structure function relationships of these isoforms. We also study the regulated pre-mRNA splicing events that govern their tissue and differentiation stage expression.