2017 Genetics Retreat

Upcoming Events

Genetics Seminar Series

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Special Seminar

Social Reward: basic Mechanisms and Autism Pathogenesis

Genetics Seminar Series

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Genetics Seminar Series

The genetic causes of the evolution of Drosophila courtship song

Genetics Seminar Series - Focused Seminars

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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 Robert Kingston on his Election to the National Academy of Sciences

Robert Kingston is one of 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016. The National Academy of Sciences, established in 1863 by Congress and President Lincoln, provides “independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.” Members are elected annually by their peers.

Meet the Faculty

Marjorie Oettinger, Ph.D.
The various projects in my laboratory are connected by one central theme: we seek to understand all facets of the V(D)J rearrangements that generate diversity within the vertebrate immune system. Specifically we are studying the enzymatic and regulatory machinery involved, the mechanism of the reaction, and the role of chromatin structure in the regulation of recombination events during lymphoid development. In addition, we are interested in how errors in this process lead to various human diseases.