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2014 Genetics Retreat

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Dissertation Seminar

Alexander Bick

Heart of the Genome: Rare Genetic Variation, Cardiovascular Disease, and Therapy

Dissertation Seminar

Rigel Chan

Leveraging Genetic Association Data to Investigate the Polygenic Architecture of Human Traits and Diseases

Genetics Seminar Series - Focused Seminars

How Males Manipulate Caenorhabditis Females' Longevity Programs

Dissertation Seminar

Adam Marblestone

Designing Scalable Biological Interfaces

Dissertation Seminar

Sophie Wang

Optimizing Rare Variant Association Studies in Theory and Practice

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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.

In the News

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Congratulations to Gary Ruvkun, winner of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Medicine

Gary Ruvkun and Victor Ambros have been awarded the 2014 Wolf Prize in Medicine for their discovery of microRNAs and their role in the regulation of gene expression.

Meet the Faculty

Louis M. Kunkel, Ph.D.
The Kunkel laboratory works on understanding the pathogenesis and genetics underlying the muscular dystrophies. They are attempting therapy of the muscular dystrophies in mice through the use of adult stem cells from muscle. Recently, they have developed zebrafish models of the human dystrophies in an attempt to screen for suppressor mutations. They have also expanded their genetic research into looking at complex disease traits such as Autism and Interstitial Cystitis.