Genetics 2015

Genetics at the 2015 Sackler Relays

Mammalian Genetics at JAX

Genetics Program Guide download pdf

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Genetics at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Our program is designed to train scientists in the principles and applications of classical genetics and molecular genetics for careers in research, teaching, and biotechnology. Interests among our faculty include Cancer Biology and Genetics, Genetics of Host-Pathogen Interaction, Immunogenetics, and Neurogenetics.

The Genetics Program partners with The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine to offer the Mammalian Genetics at JAX Track. Students in this track benefit from strong collaborative interactions between faculty at Sackler and at The Jackson Laboratory and conduct their research in Bar Harbor.

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The faculty of the Genetics Program is drawn from multiple schools and departments across the Tufts University Health Science campus and beyond both Tufts University. Many of our faculty are based at Tufts Medical Center, a major teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine. The Mammalian Genetics at JAX track includes faculty from The Jackson Laboratory.

Students are involved in research immediately. During the first year, students will be introduced to research training in genetics by completing four eight to ten-week laboratory research rotations in different laboratories. The rotations are designed to provide first-hand experience with the diverse research conducted in program laboratories and to teach techniques in genetics, hypothesis development, and research design. Students wishing to explore laboratories in other graduate programs may perform rotations with mentors who are not members of the Genetics Program.  Because of the flexibility designed into the program, a student may alter career objectives after admission.

At the end of the first year, students take a qualifying examination that consists of a written research proposal and an oral defense. The purpose of this examination is to test the ability of the student to create and critically test hypotheses. Upon successful completion of the first year courses and the qualifying examination, students select a research mentor and begin their thesis work.

The thesis research experience is considered the core of a student's training. Typically, graduates of the program generate at least two first author papers based on their research. The student is guided by the mentor with additional advice from a thesis advisory committee composed of three faculty members. Progress is also monitored by the committee and by a faculty member who serves as student adviser. The adviser acts as an ombudsperson and student advocate. 

Contact Information









Rajendra Kumar-Singh, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Stearns 514
Phone: 617-636-6836
Fax: 617-636-2990

Mammalian Genetics at JAX

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Mammalian Genetics at JAX offers unique research opportunities at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME.

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research