2015 Genetics Retreat

Upcoming Events

Dissertation Seminar

Joyce Lichi Yang

Developments in Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Genome Engineering and In Situ Sequencing Technologies

Dissertation Seminar

Jameson K. Rogers

Biosensing for Multiplexed Genome Engineering: Applications in Renewable Chemical Production

Genetics Seminar Series

Following Single Cell mRNAs in a Living Cell

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

Deep Phenotyping for Better Understanding of Genomic Architecture of Disease

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

Gerald Berry

To Be Announced


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 Alt, Awarded the 2015 Szent-Györgi Prize

The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) announced on February 26, 2015 that

Frederick Alt, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator has been awarded the 2015 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research. Dr. Alt’s groundbreaking work in cancer genetics over four decades has helped to shape the very roots of modern cancer research. Today, that work continues to bear fruit, profoundly impacting the approaches that doctors use to diagnose and treat cancer.

Meet the Faculty

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Research in our laboratory focuses on understanding eukaryotic gene expression and chromatin structure, using the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe.