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2016 Genetics Retreat

Upcoming Events

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

To Be Announced

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BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

To Be Announced

BCH Division of Genetics and Genomics Seminar

Anne O’Donnell

To Be Announced

Conference

2016 Epigenetics Symposium

Merck Research Labs, 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston MA
Genetics Seminar Series

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 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

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Our focus is on "random" monoallelic expression, an autosomal analog of X inactivation.  Mechanisms of this type control genes coding for cytokines, immunoglobulins and olfactory receptors, and are crucial for the generation of cell diversity in the immune and nervous systems.  We have shown that this type of allelic choice occurs with many hundreds of human genes, creating an unexpected epigenetic diversity in cell populations.