2016 Genetics Retreat

Upcoming Events

Genetics Seminar Series

Paternal Transmission of the Effects of Social Stress Across Generations

Special Seminar

Painting the Cysteine Chapel: Sulfur Biochemistry and Redox Regulation of Cell Function

Simches 3110 - Massachusetts General Hospital

Muscle mechanosensors mastermind skeletal regeneration and homeostasis

Special Seminar
Co-Sponsor: Boston Children's Hospital

Gemma Carvill

The genetics and epigenetics of the pediatric epilepsies


2016 Genetics Retreat

Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA
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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 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

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.