Molecular Genetics Curriculum

Shauna Hutchinson

Our program provides rigorous training in fundamental aspects of molecular genetics. The curriculum emphasizes strong grounding in fundamentals such as biochemistry and molecular biology as well as fundamental aspects of genetics.

Trainees complete courses focusing on prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial genetics that cover topics such as chromosome replication and segregation, recombination, mutant screens and selections, regulation of gene expression, cell-to-cell communication, differentiation, stress responses, and physiology.

Mammalian Genetics I, which covers such topics as genetic mechanisms of sex determination, genetic imprinting, mitochondrial inheritance, human disease phenotypes, genetic strategies, bioinformatics and computational approaches, sequencing technologies and network analysis is another core course within our curriculum.

Finally, traineestake two elective courses chosen by the student in consultation with the student advisor, thesis mentor, and thesis advisory committee that strengthen training in genetics. Elective courses of relevance include Animal Virology, Plasmids & Transposable Elements, Gene Expression & Signal Transduction, Mammalian Genetics II, Systems Genetics, and Medical & Experimental Mammalian Genetics, and Bioinformatics.

Course work is supplemented with a seminar, research report and journal club program that helps trainees sharpen reading, analysis and presentation skills. Training in grant writing is also provided.

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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