Faculty of the Genetics Department

We have made a concerted effort to build the strongest possible Department while drawing upon the full diversity of talented people in the field. There are currently 47 faculty members of whom 31 are tenured, many having begun their careers in the Department. 25% of our tenured faculty are women.

Our faculty is geographically located in two main units and in Harvard-affiliated hospitals. The two main groups (see History) each have 12 faculty members. These units are located on the central Quadrangle of Harvard Medical School's Longwood Campus and at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The 12 additional faculty members are located at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children's Hospital, and Brigham & Women's Hospital. All faculty members of the Department are actively engaged in investigation (see individual faculty pages ) and teaching, regardless of location, and participate in regular data presentations, faculty meetings, and Departmental retreats. The Chairman of the Department (Clifford Tabin) and the Administrative Director (Vonda Shannon) are located in the Quadrangle-based unit, while the Vice Chairman (Robert Kingston) is located in the MGH-based unit (the MGH Department of Molecular Biology) where he serves as Chief of the unit. While the two main parts of the Department function independently in their internal administration and have distinct intellectual cultures, the Chair and Vice-Chair work closely together to integrate the research efforts and promote the cohesion of the entire Department.


Meet the Faculty

We are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that control and coordinate transcription and co-transcriptional processes, including splicing, chromatin remodeling and termination. We develop genomic approaches to study these questions, such as nascent elongating transcript sequencing (NET-seq), which provides a quantitative measure of RNA polymerase density across the genome with single nucleotide precision.