2015 Genetics Retreat

Upcoming Events

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

Inborn Errors of Cholesterol Biosynthesis: A Dysmorphologist's 20-Year Odyssey in Gene Discovery

Special Seminar

Systems Biology of Stem Cells

Genetics Seminar Series

To Be Announced

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

To Be Announced

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

Gerald Berry

To Be Announced

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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 Frederick Ausubel, Awarded the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

Frederick Ausubel has been awarded the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award. The award is presented annually by HMS to recognize outstanding mentors and the importance of their contribution to the professional development of future researchers.

Meet the Faculty

Robert E. Kingston, Ph.D.
The Kingston lab is interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of how eukaryotic enzymes can modify chromatin. One focused approach is to isolate chromatin-modifying proteins and to test such complexes in functional assays, with the thesis that assay outcomes will inform the in vivo function of these protien machines. Another important goal is to understand how long-range chromatin interactions are established in the cell nucleus, and this effort is leading to new strategies towards defining...