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2016 Genetics Retreat

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Genetics Seminar Series

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BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

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Genetics Seminar Series - Focused Seminars

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Genetics Seminar Series

The implications of "active genetics"

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

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Glucose Repression

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 Fred Alt, Awarded the HMS William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

Frederick Alt is one of the three recipients of the 2016 William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award. This award is recognition of Dr. Alt’s quality of mentoring and his impact on professional development and career advancement in research, teaching, and administration.

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Congratulations to Jeannie Lee, Awarded the 2016 Lurie Prize

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has awarded Jeannie Lee the 2016 Lurie Prize. The Lurie Prize recognizes “outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research.” Jeannie Lee has been awarded the prize “for uncovering the functions of long, noncoding RNA (lncRNA) in epigenetic regulation.”

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.